CEESP is convening a global Conference, 'Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development', in Whakatane, New Zealand, January 11-15th 2011.
The Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference that builds on the vision of "A world where equity is at the root of a dynamic harmony between people and nature, as well as among peoples. A world of diversity, productivity and integrity of natural systems. A world in which production and consumption patterns are sustainable. A world where cultural diversity is intertwined with biological diversity and both generate abundant livelihoods opportunities." It is a partnership between two global organisations/networks - the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP), and two Māori (indigenous) organisations, Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Awa (a tribal authority) and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (a tribal university).
The Conference brings together scientists, economists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, academics, policy makers in national governments and international agencies, and many others who care about the quality of heritage this generation passes on to future generations. The Conference also focuses on the need for policy and decision makers in Governments and Corporations to accommodate a greater level of inclusion of indigenous peoples and all citizens, in national and international policies on the management and governance of bio-cultural resources, and advocates the rights of mother earth - the planet.