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IUCN Youth Strategy 2022 - 2030


Young people are the future. We need their help and engagement, their unique perspectives and fresh ideas as well as their expertise to address the global challenges humanity is facing. This new IUCN Youth Strategy recognises this.

The Strategy is inspired by young people’s energy and passion and by their capacity to

innovate. It builds on existing youth mainstreaming efforts and experiences across the Union,

drawing on the rich experiences and knowledge of IUCN Members, Commissions and

Secretariat, as well as the outcomes of the IUCN Global Youth Summit 2021, and is guided

by the IUCN Programme 2021–2024. IUCN has a long history of championing youth since

1956 and has led youth-focused activities through its Programmes and Resolutions from

multiple IUCN Congresses and events.

A 2020 Review of Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership across IUCN and my

response to the review that was launched in 2021 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

in Marseille following consultations with the six chairs of the IUCN Commissions identified

three immediate priorities, including the finalisation of the IUCN Youth Strategy.

The IUCN Youth Strategy provides a framework for meaningful youth engagement, bringing

together different generations to join efforts in reversing biodiversity loss, conserving nature

and managing natural resources sustainably. For this Strategy to be successful, I call all parts

of the Union to endorse this Strategy and to take proactive steps to develop actions towards

its implementation. I look forward to collaborating with young people from all parts of the world and advancing intergenerational partnerships.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the dedicated and enthusiastic team of young people

from the IUCN Secretariat, Commissions and Members, who coordinated the preparation of

this Strategy.

Dr Bruno Oberle

IUCN Director General

IUCN Youth Strategy_23 May 2022_FINAL
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