President's Report 2014

Clement Lanthier, IUCN President
(Presented by Mike Wong)

Clement Lanthier

Four priorities established at the 2013 AGM continue as priorities for 2014:

Connecting Canadians to Nature, the World Parks Congress 2014, the National Conservation Plan and finally Improvement of the governance of the IUCN.

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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.

     
Preparations for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

CCIUCN members worked during the AGM to prepare for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, to be held in Sydney, Australia in October, is a global forum on protected areas.

The congress  theme “Parks, People, Planet” will provide an opportunity for delegates to present, discuss and generate innovative approaches for conservation and development.

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Advice Needed to Improve the World Conservation Congress

To help focus the work of IUCN and all members at the upcoming World Conservation Congress, a working group of the Canadian Council has drafted comments on a proposal from the IUCN.  Please take a few minutes to review the following documents and forward any comments to carolina.caceres@ec.gc.ca

     
Youth Share Ideas on Connecting with Nature



Youth delegates from across Canada shared their ideas on getting young people involved in conservation at the CCIUCN Annual General Meeting.

Twelve of the youth presented their ideas on what they believe are viable options to achieve this, including several excellent presentations on work these young people have already done in their communities to encourage the connection with nature and the outdoors.

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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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