1 September 2016

IUCN World Conservation Congress daily media brief 

Important logistical information

  • Dedicated shuttle transfers for media are available from the Hawaii Convention Center to the Blaisdell Center on September 1
  • Boarding for media begins at 7:00am
  • A shuttle return service from the Blaisdell Center back to the Convention Center will also be provided at the close of the Opening Ceremony
  • Official IUCN Congress press badges are required for entry to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center complex and the on-site Media Room

For more important information regarding access to the IUCN Congress Opening Ceremony and press conference, please click here.

Press conference schedule




12:15 – 13:00

Opening press conference, Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Panellists: Governor, David Y. Ige, IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen, and US Senator, Brian Schatz





Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Press Conference:  Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea

Panellists: US Senator, Brian Schatz,

CEO Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, and Director, Pew Charitable Trust, Seth Horstmeyer


Contact: congressmedia@iucn.org


Congress highlights




06:00 - 07:30

* Traditional Hawaiian welcome to honoured guests from across the globe, followed by speeches from; Master Navigator, Nainoa Thompson, Hawaiian Governor, David Ige, His Excellency President of Micronesia, Peter Christian, His Excellency President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau and IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen


Kahanamoku Beach, Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Honolulu



10:00 - 12:00

* IUCN World Conservation Congress Opening Ceremony
Featuring Hawai’i Governor David Ige, President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau and IUCN President, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng

Neal S. Blaisdell Center

18:00 – 20:00

IUCN Congress Opening Reception
Featuring Hawaiʻi-born musician, actor and filmmaker, Jack Johnson

Rooftop Garden, Hawaiʻi Convention Center

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