Chair's Corner - CEC Newsletter September 2010

28 September 2010 | News story

The theme of this newsletter is "Youth and Intergenerational Partnership". In his guest editorial, Dominic Stucker describes numerous CEC activities that seek to engage youth and young professionals in conservation and sustainability.

Dear CEC members,

The theme of this newsletter is "Youth and Intergenerational Partnership". In his guest editorial, Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee describes numerous CEC activities that seek to engage youth and young professionals in conservation and sustainability. I would like to thank CEC members for sharing so many inspiring stories about initiatives by and for children, youth and young professionals.

At this time, CEC is mobilizing for the conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10). Our main focus is the CEPA Fair, where I will join a small CEC delegation in promoting 'Communication, Education and Public Awareness' for biodiversity. All CEC members attending COP10 are invited to an informal CEC gathering.

Biodiversity is the focus of high-level attention. IUCN’s Director General addressed the United Nations General Assembly meeting last week, where world leaders warned that continuing loss of biodiversity represents a major obstacle to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (press release). The United Nations Secretary-General urged world leaders to commit to reversing the alarming rate of biodiversity loss and rescue the natural economy before it is too late (press release).

In this newsletter, the energy and enthusiasm of young people is a welcome boost in our efforts to communicate biodiversity.

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair