The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability at the 2016 World Conservation Congress: An update

Over a period of six months, over 1500 events responded to the Call for Contributions for the 2016 World Conservation Congress, to be hosted in Honolulu, Hawai’i, September 1st – 10th. 79 proposals focused explicitly on youth and IPS, while many more were submitted by youth and/or invited young professionals to participate. 

 The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability submitted the proposal: “Action Planning for 2017-2020: Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership within and through the IUCN”. The event is currently being considered as a potential contribution to the thematic Pavilions at the Congress.

As stated in the proposal: the Co-Conveners of the IPS Task Force will convene its members, partners and interested individuals, fostering intergenerational dialogue and planning between young, emerging leaders and senior professionals. This community will be engaged in the pre-Congress period through preparatory webinars, in order to build momentum, develop a shared understanding, and outline key areas of deliberation.

During the workshop at the Congress, IPS Task Force will aim to:

  • Celebrate what we have accomplished since Resolution 5.008 in 2012 on ‘Increasing Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership across and through the Union’;
  • Expand our IPS network within the IUCN and attract new partners, populating Working Groups to carry our joint work forward;
  • Identify strategic steps and partnerships for moving ahead;
  • Build ownership and commitment for the emerging IPS Strategy for the 2017-2020 intersessional period.

We will invite a diverse and talented range of young and senior professionals, drawing on the members of various Commissions and active Young Professionals Networks, as well as women and men from different sectors, fields, countries, and parts of the IUCN family to contribute to our action planning process. We will use a diverse range of facilitation techniques, including brief plenary presentations, individual reflection and visioning, creative small group discussions and strategic plenary discussion to consolidate ideas. Following the Congress, IPS Task Force will organize follow-up webinars to finalize the IPS Strategy. Ultimately, this will lead to the development of an IPS Strategy for the post Hawaii period.

This event represents the first opportunity for the Task Force and IUCN young professionals to meet in person on a large scale since the Congress in 2012 and IUCN World Parks Congress 2104. Among other things, the workshop will enable participants to join the IPS Task Force, understand the utility of the IPS approach, co-create the next set of steps, and participate in the undertaking of those commitments. 

Once the WCC program is finalized in January, the IUCN IPS Task Force will convene a Cross-Commission and IUCN wide Skype call to bring together emerging leaders as well as more senior members to plan the steps leading towards the 2016 World Conservation Congress.

For updated news, or if you wish to contact one of our Co-Conveners, please visit our website:

IPS Task Force Co-Conveners

  • Catie Burlando, Italy, CEESP
  • Shalini Dhyani, CEM
  • Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA
  • Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC
  • Archi Rastogi, WCPA
  • Dominic Stucker, Germany, CEC
  • Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP
Work area: 
Social Policy
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