Members of the CEC Steering Committee met in Hungary to consider a strategic plan to guide CEC into the future. CEC focal point Rod Abson shares this report.
Members of the CEC Steering Committee gathered in Hungary to look to the future and begin to craft out a strategic plan which will help to guide CEC into the next inter-sessional programme and beyond to 2020. The meeting was graciously hosted by CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Europe, Katalin Czippán and the Göncöl Foundation in the leafy city of Vác, Hungary from the 16th to 18th of October, 2011.
It was a rare and valuable opportunity to meet face-to-face amongst the Steering Committee and invited guests to the meeting including Nick Lopoukhine, WCPA Chair, Vilmos Kiszel IUCN Councillor, and John Kidd, IUCN Director Global Communications. The agenda was packed and no time wasted as Wendy Goldstein and Chuck Philips set the team to work with reviewing the various inputs from CEC members, external situation analysis and requests from other IUCN programmes.
The meeting covered a range of critical topics including the strategic plan for CEC, selecting the proposed shortlist candidates to nominate to the Council for the next CEC Chair, plans for the next World Conservation Congress and the multitude of requests made of CEC, general IUCN governance issues and potential partnerships with other institutions that can complement the work of CEC. The CEC Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016 will be posted in the CEC webpage soon.
There was also the opportunity to explore some of Hungary and the communities along the Danube River and enjoy the Hungarian hospitality. This was an important gathering for CEC and helped to lay the foundation for setting clear objectives and coordinating CEC’s engagement in some upcoming events. The team have continued to follow up on the meeting and are drafting the CEC strategic plan which will present many opportunities for CEC members to engage.
The photograph is of members of the Steering Committee, invited guests, partners and Hungarian colleagues.