About the initiators

Convention on Biological Diversity

Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems - it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water,

In the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity a Programme of Work was adopted on article 13 Communication, Education and Public Awareness. One of the elements of the work program is providing capacity building on CEPA to the Parties. To follow up on this work program the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity asked IUCN to develop a CEPA toolkit for NBSAP coordinators.

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The World Conservation Union is the world's largest and most important conservation network.

The Union brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.

The Union's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

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The Commission on Education and Communication, CEC, is one of the six Commissions on which IUCN draws expertise to fulfill its mission. CEC connects communication and education professionals for knowledge-sharing, learning and strategic advice. The Commission is a global, voluntary membership network with three working groups:

  • World Conservation Learning Network (WCLN), connecting real-life learning needs with academic resources available worldwide. WCLN makes online and face-to-face connections. It builds professional capacity and strengthens partnerships for sustainability.
  • Strategic Communication, motivating participation and positive change in day-to-day decisions about natural resources. Strategic Communication helps people understand why and how to conserve biodiversity. It applies the tools of communication, education and public awareness raising.
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), advocating and providing access to good practice, research and innovation. The Commission is taking part in a global effort to integrate the principles of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.

CEC is led by a Steering Committee and a Chair elected at the quadrennial IUCN World Conservation Congress, at which the Commission also receives its mandate: www.iucn.org/themes/cec