IUCN’s Membership Unit in the Constituency Support Group has stepped up its work to enhance the services provided to IUCN Members and to provide greater opportunities for networking and the sharing of resources and information. Here, Dr. Enrique Lahmann, Director of the Constituency Support Group, outlines some of the most recent developments and initiatives.
Constituency Event in Nagoya
From 18-29 October 2010, the world’s attention will be fixed on the Convention on Biological Diversity’s tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CBD COP10) in Nagoya, Japan. In order to maximise the opportunity for exchanges and networking between IUCN Members, Commission members, Councillors and Secretariat, who will be present in the various delegations and observer groups at the COP, the Constituency Support Group has worked with the IUCN National Committee for Japan to organize a special evening for networking and exchange in the Shirotori Gardens, very close to the Congress Centre.
The IUCN President and Director General will be present in Nagoya, along with a delegation composed of Secretariat, Commission members, representatives of Members and National Committees. The IUCN delegation will ensure a rotation on the IUCN stand and will be present at numerous IUCN side events to engage with Members. Representatives from the Constituency Support Group (the Communications Officer, Ms. Nicole Gooderson and myself) will also be present on the IUCN stand and available to discuss topics such as the 2012 World Conservation Congress, the Resolutions and Recommendations System, analysis of membership engagement in the implementation of the IUCN Programme and the new Members’ Portal.
New Members’ Portal
We are pleased to inform you that the new Members’ Portal has been further developed. It currently contains the new system for IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations as well as information from the IUCN Council and Secretariat, news from and for Members, and interesting opportunities for funding, awards and employment. Unique login information has been sent to all of our Members, National and Regional committees. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Over the coming months, there will be additional functionalities added to enable Members to share knowledge, directly engage with other IUCN Members, promote upcoming events, obtain updates and learn about the latest news and programmes from IUCN. A comprehensive tool to record the involvement of Members in the implementation of the IUCN Programme, their participation in the Union’s Governance and interaction with IUCN Commissions, will also be made available. Being a part of this platform and having access to this network is one of the benefits of your membership of IUCN.
Resolutions and Recommendations System
We continue to encourage all IUCN Members to report on their activities contributing to the implementation of Resolutions and Recommendations adopted at the 2008 World Conservation Congress, via the online tool which the Secretariat has developed in pursuit of Resolution 4.011 (Development of an automated system to record Members’ actions on Resolutions and Recommendations to improve reporting at, and between, World Conservation Congresses).
Read more and access the online tool via the Members’ Portal.
Links with IUCN Commissions
Work is ongoing to increase links between Members and Commissions, including the sharing of news and information in the regular newsletters and greater opportunities for networking at IUCN events, such as the one mentioned above. We plan to look for better ways to share knowledge through the new Members’ Portal and the new Commission portals (in development), as well as at the Regional Conservation Fora that will take place in 2011 in preparation for the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea.
The Membership Unit, Constituency Support Group works with a fantastic transversal team of Membership Focal Points in IUCN regional and country offices. These Membership Focal Points are your first point of contact for all queries regarding your Membership or involvement in the work of IUCN.
Contact your Membership Focal Point.