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.

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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 Ustab at the top of this page, then the Become a Member link.

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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


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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