Commission Chairs surveyed on young people's role in IUCN

21 September 2011 | News story

More groups for young professionals and more partnership across generations are recommended. Next, review the IUCN draft programme and, for Congress, propose a workshop and a motion on diversity of generations in Council and Commissions.

The results of a Commission-wide survey on youth engagement and intergenerational partnership are now available online, in a report prepared by CEC members Adriana Suάrez Delucchi, Lisa Marika Jokivirta and Dominic Stucker.

How are youth currently engaged in and across the six Commissions of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature? How could the Commissions benefit from greater collaboration between young and senior professionals, and what opportunities exist for increasing youth engagement and intergenerational partnership? These are some of the questions raised by a recent survey of Commission Chairs, designed and implemented by members of the CEC Young Professionals Leadership Team.

Inspired by and building on the survey, the report includes key recommendations that the authors, Commission Chairs, and other CEC members have generated for increasing concrete collaboration between senior and young sustainability leaders. The report also includes a brief background on CEC collaboration across Commissions for youth engagement; a summary of survey responses from Commission Chairs; future action steps; and links for further information.

The authors would like to thank all Commission Chairs for participating in this survey, and hope that this initiative may help further meaningful and impactful youth engagement within and across the IUCN Commissions.