Planet at a Crossroads
CWF is taking centre stage at the World Conservation Congress Sept. 1-10. The global environmental parliament, organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will determine a united international conservation agenda for the next four years.
Highlights of CWF’s leadership role include:
- Partnering in the launch of an international #NatureForAll campaign
- Ensuring the priorities of Canadian youth are heard and understood
- Facilitating a global dialogue on engaging new audiences in conservation
- Hosting daily interactive presentations at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion
- Voting on critical issues of concern during the Members’ Assembly
There are 99 motions on the table. Of particular importance to CWF are:
- Promoting regional approaches to tackle the global problem of marine debris (litter)
- Integration of nature-based solutions into strategies to combat climate change
- Connecting people with nature globally
160 countries. 1,300 members. One common goal: conservation!
About the World Conservation Congress
The World Conservation Congress brings together government and non-governmental organizations from around the globe. In order to optimize the results of such a huge gathering, the Congress is divided into two critical components.
- Sept. 1-5: Congress Forum for voting and non-voting members to learn from and about each other. The agenda is packed with workshops, training programs, presentations, exhibits, discussion forums and much more. For about 12 hours a day the Congress delegates deliberate, debate, and discuss critical issues of concern.
- Sept. 6-10: Members’ Assembly for voting delegates to debate and decide on important environmental resolutions. There are 99 motions on the table this year, and CWF is a voting member so takes its responsibilities very seriously. We research each motion prior to the Congress launch and decide how our team will advocate for Canadian wildlife and habitat by casting our votes.
CWF’s Role at the Congress
CWF is hosting, presenting, facilitating and leading many discussions at the World Conservation Congress. Marine conservation is one of our key priorities and we are hosting daily presentations during the Forum. We are also seconding a motion to launch an international #NatureForAll campaign during the Members’ Assembly, and we will be a key player in the ongoing promotion of this strategy.
Here are a few highlights of our activities. Please note these formal presentations supplement our role in many other parts of the Congress program. CWF is:
- Hosting a Young Professionals pre-Congress workshop including 11 Canadian high school students and hosting the Canadian delegates gathering on Sept 2 at the Marine Museum
- Facilitating a Knowledge Café on strategies to attract new audiences (Sept. 2 from 11 am – 1 pm in Meeting Rooms 311-14)
- Partnering to launch the #NatureforAll campaign (Kicking off Sept. 2 from 11 am-12 pm at the Nature for All Pavilion)
- Hosting a forum on Inspiring Brighter Futures for Conservation (Sept. 2 from 6 -7 pm at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion)
- Participating in a high level dialogue on Conservation 2.0 Empowering Next Generations (Sept. 3 from 11- 1 pm in Ballroom B.
- Showcasing our Campaign to Reduce Plastics in the Oceans (Sept. 3 from 6 – 7 pm at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion)
- Empowering and engaging youth through an interactive presentation on the conservation of migratory species (Sept. 4 from 6-7 pm at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion)
- Demonstrating leadership in building new constituencies for conservation (Sept. 5 from 6-7 pm at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion
- Discussing issues of concern and voting on motions at the Member’s Assembly (Sept.6-10 from 8:30 am onwards daily)
Nature for All
#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. At the core is a very simple idea: the more people experience, connect with, and share their love for nature, the more support there will be for its conservation. While many of us already respect and appreciate nature, studies have shown that many others, whether through circumstance, lifestyle, or opportunity, face barriers to experiencing and connecting with the natural world. Yet, nature needs support and action from all of us. The campaign’s goals are:
- To raise AWARENESS and motivate people from all walks of life to embrace nature and its values.
- To facilitate opportunities for all to EXPERIENCE and CONNECT with nature.
- To create transformational moments that become pathways to lifelong personal connections and commitments to CONSERVATION action.
CWF’s Presentation Team
CWF is sending a small delegation including Bob Morris, President of the CWF Board of Directors, and Rick Bates, CWF CEO and Executive Vice President.
As part of our CWF daily interactive forums at the Oceans and Islands Pavilion we will be showcasing the work of our staff and partners, including young professionals who are working diligently to achieve critical conservation goals. Please click on each presentation tab to learn more about important CWF initiatives we will be showcasing. By sharing these signature CWF programs with delegates from around the world, our goal is help inspire enhanced global engagement and participation in furthering important conservation action.
- Sharing Successes and Strategies That Attract New Audiences (Sept. 2)
- Inspiring Brighter Futures for Conservation (Sept. 2)
- Conservation 2.0: Empowering Next Generations (Sept. 3)
- Campaigning to Reduce Plastics in the Oceans (Sept. 3)
- Engaging Youth and Young Professionals in Migratory Species Futures (Sept. 4)
- Building New Constituencies for Conservation (Sept 5)
- Hosting Canadian Youth Delegates attending a variety of activities at the Congress
- Share your conservation commitments on social media using #NatureForAll
- Tell the world how you feel about nature. Take a picture of yourself or your friends/family in the great outdoors and post to social media with this tag: For Me, Nature is #(your feeling) #NatureForAll. CWF and the #NatureForAll movement will feature snapshots from individuals around the globe in the #NatureForAll Pavilion at the World Conservation Congress.
- Watch the videos CWF is presenting at the Congress