A signature drive is under way to host the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress on Jeju Island. Jeju is up against Cancun, Mexico to host the fifth WCC in 2012.
Both central and local governments aim to get one million signatures by mid-September when an IUCN inspection team comes to the island. The IUCN inspection team's visit to Jeju this September is seen as a critical moment to determine whether Jeju is qualified to host the coveted event.
As of August 11, more than 150,000 people had signed their name on the list. Among them, a former president, Kim Young-sam, a minister of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, Yu Myeong-hwan participated in the heated campaign, hoping that Jeju's five-year-long efforts will pay off.
The IUCN WCC, held every four years, is the world's largest environmental event, with 10,000 people from 180 nations attending.
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