The Elders

This session, convened by IUCN’s President Ashok Khosla, will include several of the Union’s past Presidents as well as some of the major personalities who helped shape IUCN’s history. Panelists will
reflect on key events that have shaped IUCN’s 64 years and share insights on the future directions and potential for the Union at a time of unprecedented threats to biodiversity and the need to greatly
accelerate conservation action.

Invited Panelists
- Wolfgang Burhenne, Founder IUCN Environmental Law Programme, (Germany)
- Sylvia Earle, IUCN Patron of Nature, Explorer in Residence, The National Geographic Society (USA)
- Yolanda Kakabadse, former President, IUCN (Ecuador)
- Ashok Khosla, President IUCN (India)
- Valli Moosa, former President, IUCN (South Africa)
- Maurice Strong, IUCN Patron of Nature and former Under-Secretary General, UN (Canada)
- MS Swaminathan, former President, IUCN (India)

Moderated by: Solange Marquez Espinoza, Journalist, El Universal (Mexico)

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