ICCF-UK held its biggest conference season to date this Autumn, with seven events discussing issues ranging from African conservation to the circular economy, reducing plastic pollution, and a Global Plastics Treaty.
The UK Party Conference season is a major part of the lifeblood of British politics, having begun over 150 years ago in Victorian Britain. Every year thousands of politically engaged citizens, journalists, campaigners, lobbyists, parliamentarians, and Ministers come together to debate policy and politics. It is a unique British institution, where attendees are able to ask direct questions of Ministers and Shadow Ministers at the many side events and also walk up to them in the bar and have a discussion – or perhaps join them in a karaoke sing-along. The mix of formality and informality allows for discussion on a range of topics that may not always make it to the Minster’s red box.
ICCF-UK held its biggest conference season to date this Autumn, with seven events discussing issues ranging from African conservation to the circular economy, reducing plastic pollution, and a Global Plastics Treaty. ICCF-UK had discussions with key leaders, including the Rt Hon. James Cleverly (Secretary of State for Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Affairs), Mark Spencer (DEFRA Minister), and Ruth Jones MP (Shadow Minister for Environment), alongside High Commissioners and Ambassadors from Mexico, Namibia, and South Africa and leaders from industry including Mars UK and bodies such as WRAP and the Zoological Society of London. What was clear after the series of events was that although approaches to conservation may differ, there was huge consensus on the importance of conservation, and participants from all political persuasions had more in common than separated them, including on broad-based policy. This included cross-party and industry commitments towards a strong international treaty on plastics, and the importance of ensuring British supply chains do not cause harm to nature either directly or indirectly. The ICCF-UK Conference season ended with its International Conservation Reception, where over 100 people (including business and NGO leadership, senior politicians, and prospective parliamentary candidates) attended a celebration of all things conservation.