Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network—and the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. In addition to supporting scientific research and field projects throughout the world, it brings governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations, and businesses together to develop policy, laws, and best practices that value and conserve nature. In carrying out its work, IUCN harnesses the experience, resources, and reach of its 1,300 member organizations and the input of some 16,000 experts. Notably, IUCN convenes its World Conservation Congress every four years. This global conference, which took place in Hawai‘i during September 1-10, 2016, brought together nearly 10,000 delegates representing governments, business, the scientific community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Indigenous peoples from more than 190 countries, who worked together to shape the direction of global sustainable development.
The East-West Center is a nonprofit organization that works to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. For more than half a century since its founding by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center has been training global leaders, informing policymakers, advancing education, and promoting international understanding in the Asia Pacific region. In the elementary and secondary (K-12) schools arena, the Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program provides professional development for teachers as well as experiential learning and exchange opportunities for students from across the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawai‘i has provided a unique opportunity for the EWC and IUCN to work together to reach K-12 teachers and students globally and to harness the IUCN Youth Voices initiative to produce a tangible legacy of youth participation in the 2016 Congress.
We are pleased to offer IUCN Youth Voices and hope that this program will provide educators, students, and youth in both formal and non-formal educational settings with a timely and flexible resource for teaching and learning, with the goal of making our communities and planet more sustainable and healthy.
Importantly, we want to recognize and extend thanks to the individuals who contributed to this program’s development, as well as to acknowledge permissions given courtesy of many groups. Their information can be found here.
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