Global conservation group elects first ever president from China

China Environmental Protection Magazine
Jeju, Korea

Global conservation group elects first ever president from China

Mr. Zhang Xinsheng from China was elected as the new president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest conservation organization. This marks the first time in its 64-year history that the IUCN has chosen a president from East Asia.

In his speech seeking the office at the IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, Zhang Xinsheng said that he would energize IUCN’s internal and external partnership if elected. To promote conservation and sustainability in innovative ways will be central to IUCN’s agenda, he said.

He told this reporter after giving his speech Sept. 10, the grave challenges humanity is facing in biodiversity had led him to devote himself to biodiversity and nature conservation.      

Zhang Xinsheng served as vice minister of for education in China from 2001 to 2009, and as a member of Harvard Business School’s board of directors from 1997 to 2000. He also served as chairperson of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee from 2003 to 2004, and as chairperson of the executive board of UNESCO from 2005 to 2007. He co-founded and become the executive chairperson in 2009 of Eco-Forum Global, a Chinese NGO committed to a more sustainable world.   




章新胜在世界自然保护联盟(IUCN)的世界自然保护大会(World Conservation Congress)上当选为新一届理事会主席。章新胜是IUCN成立64年以来首位出自东亚地区的理事会主席。






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