President's Report 2015

Rick Bates, IUCN President

Rick Bates

Thank you everyone for your support of my term as President - I am honoured and excited by the opportunity.

The Canadian Committee of the IUCN has a history of wide-ranging participation in the IUCN, including hosting the 1996 World Conservation Congress in Montreal, providing leadership to groups such as the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the Sustainable Use Specialist Group, as well as involvement in improving IUCN governance, and a wide range of other issues. We look forward to continuing to provide Canadian leadership and input to the work and ongoing improvement of IUCN.

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Vote on amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the IUCN World Conservation Congress

George Greene, IUCN Regional Councillor

I am writing with the strong hope that you will vote this week on the amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the IUCN World Conservation Congress which are aimed at improving the IUCN Congress Motions process. The vote is open until Monday 27 April 2015 at noon GMT/UTC.

These amendments have the full support of the IUCN Council.

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CCIUCN We are the Canadian Committee of the IUCN - a chapter of the world¹s largest conservation organization - working in partnership to find pragmatic solutions to the world's environmental challenges. This inspiring video shows who the IUCN partnership is, what we do, and how. For information on how to join CCIUCN, please click on the About Us tab at the top of this page, then the Become a Member link.

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Follow the Adventures of CCIUCN Youth Ambassadors at the World Conservation Congress

Claire De Long and Mila Mezei are representing Canadian youth at the World Conservation Congress in Sydney, Australia, and to follow their adventures through a blog on their experiences at the Congress click here.

Claire and Mila were chosen from a group of applicants to attend the World Conservation Congress on behalf of CCIUCN based on their interest in parks and protected areas and in helping to connect youth to nature.

The Congress runs from November 12 to 19.  CCIUCN has provided input to proposals at the congress to shape the motions process, governance of the IUCN and by sharing the ideas on how to get young people more involved in conservation generated by young people who attended the CCIUCN AGM.  Many organizations that are members of CCIUCN are attending the congress.


AGM Report and Video

CCIUCN members who couldn’t make it to Ottawa for the AGM were able – for the first time – to participate in the meeting remotely via webcast. 

We also recorded the full meeting so anyone who missed it, or wants to see parts of it over again, please view the video above.

Some of the key items included:

  • A discussion on outcomes of the World Parks Congress in November, including reports from the Conservation Stream and the Global Youth Ambassadors
  • Review of preparation for the World Conservation Congress in 2016, including plans for regional consultations
  • A report from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
  • An overview and questions and answers on Canada’s National Conservation Plan


Strengthening IUCN’s Role in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability

IUCN is taking steps to raise its profile, leadership and influence both within and outside of the conservation community, and to strengthen its membership, governance and structure to more effectively fulfill its mission, Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean George Greene and Frank Hawkins reported during the AGM.

The Union aims to see tangible improvements in IUCN leadership from local to global levels on the governance of conservation and nature’s use. The Union also wants to see IUCN-supported change in extremely important decision making processes for conservation and sustainability, both locally and globally. Lastly IUCN wants to reduce the gaps between policy implementation and the results seen on the ground, particularly through the use of more nature-based solutions in addressing such issues as climate change, food security and sustainable development.

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