Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, has been elected President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
HE Al Mubarak’s election was ratified at the UCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France following the backing of the majority of the 1,400 IUCN member organisations.
Speaking on the announcement, HE Al Mubarak said she was honoured to receive the backing for the position.
HE Al Mubarak said: “I am truly honoured to have been elected as the 15th President of the IUCN, especially in this critical moment when we need to elevate nature conservation to the forefront of the global sustainability agenda.
“I am grateful to the UAE leadership and its institutions for their support, trust, confidence, and their belief not only in me but in the importance of elevating the issue of nature conservation globally.
“I am truly honoured to pay homage to a conservation journey commenced by our forefathers and foremothers, led by our Founder, the late Sheikh Zayed and institutionalised by so many organisations in the UAE which have continued to nurture and embrace this rich legacy of nature and its conservation.”
His Excellency Mohamed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Vice-Chairman of EAD and Deputy Chairman of the MBZ Fund said HE Al Mubarak would bring an energy to the role.
HE Al Bowardi said: “Thanks to her passionate, innovative, and decisive leadership, the MBZ Fund has become a global model, showing the world that small but focused interventions on the ground can make a big difference in saving species.
“We know that she will bring this same sense of commitment, creativity, and collaboration to IUCN as it sets the global agenda for this crucial decade for conservation.”
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network that is the authority on the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard the planet.
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