Messages of congratulations are pouring in for Razan Al Mubarak, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) president, who is only the second woman to hold the position (IUCN).
Al Mubarak, who is the managing director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, was congratulated by UAE officials.
His Highness Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, expressed his admiration for Al Mubarak. He tweeted alongside a photo of Al Mubarak, “We are proud of all our national cadres, we are happy of our environmental achievements, we are proud of all the daughters of the nation.”
His Highness “I am convinced her historic appointment will have a lasting, beneficial impact on worldwide efforts to address the world’s largest environmental challenges,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Al Mubarak was instrumental in establishing the Sheikh Mohamed Fund for Species Conservation (MBZ Fund), which is now one of the world’s largest philanthropic endowments dedicated to direct species conservation. The MBZ Fund has financed over 2,250 conservation initiatives in 180 countries since 2009.
The MBZ Fund has also been working to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on species conservation efforts by giving relief grants since spring of 2020.
Following a two-year worldwide election campaign, Al Mubarak was elected at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France. Al Mubarak was elected by a majority of the 1,400 IUCN member organizations, which represent more than 150 nations.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. It is a democratic membership union that brings together the world’s most powerful organizations and specialists to conserve nature and speed the worldwide transition to sustainable resource use. IUCN is a global authority on the health of the natural world and the actions needed to conserve the planet, with over 18,000 conservation professionals and 1,400-member organizations, including states, government agencies, NGOs, and indigenous peoples’ organizations.