Media at the Congress
Dear Editors and Journalists,
Welcome to the online Press Room of the IUCN World Parks Congress. This page will help you plan your coverage of the Congress, whether you will be joining us at Sydney Olympic Park or covering the event from further afield.
The Congress is expected to convene over 4,000 participants from approximately 160 countries. It is not just a Congress for protected area managers. It will involve health and tourism representatives, business and indigenous leaders and the environmental custodians of the future - the world’s youth. Some of the high-profile attendees are listed here.
The last IUCN World Parks Congress held in Durban in 2003 saw around 100 accredited journalists from leading media outlets attend the event. Over 30 on-site press conferences were held generating more than 700 articles. Ten years later, the Asia Parks Congress, which took place in the Japanese city of Sendai in November 2013, garnered enormous interest from participants and media alike. We look forward to continuing this momentum in Sydney.
On-site, at Sydney Olympic Park, a media centre located at the heart of the Congress site will serve the needs of print, broadcast, online and radio journalists covering the IUCN World Parks Congress. A multi-lingual media and communications staff with skills in English, French, Spanish, and other languages will be ready to assist you with editorial and logistical support. Rooms will be available for one-on-one interviews and conference rooms will be used for the official daily briefings and press conferences. The media centre will allow quick and easy access to the most prominent guests and speakers.
Media kits, including fact sheets, programme highlights and speaker bios will be provided, alongside photographic coverage of the conference proceedings, with high-resolution photographs available for download. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to sign-up to the monthly World Parks Congress Newsletter. This will provide you with the most up to date information, including introductions to our experts, stream leaders and those leading field trips – specially designed tours, showcasing some of Australia’s most inspiring protected areas and the people who work and live in them.
We look forward to supporting your work in Sydney and helping you spread the word about the value of protected areas and their pivotal role in overcoming global challenges.