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The Commission shall be called the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC).
In these Bylaws, unless the context or the subject matter otherwise requires:
"Chair" shall mean the Chair of the Commission.
"Commission" shall mean the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
"Council" shall mean the IUCN Council.
"Deputy Chair" shall mean the Deputy Chair of the Commission appointed as per Bylaw IX 1(1)(b).
"World Conservation Congress" shall mean the IUCN World Conservation Congress which is the General Assembly.
"IUCN" shall mean the International Union for Conservation of Nature
"Member" shall mean a Member of the Commission.
"Region" shall mean the Region as defined by the steering committee.
"Regulation" shall mean the Regulations of IUCN, as amended from time to time.
"Secretariat" shall mean the Secretariat of the Commission as defined in By Law III.
"Statutes" shall mean the Statutes of IUCN, as amended from time to time.
"Steering Committee" shall mean the Steering Committee of the Commission appointed as per Bylaw IX 2 (1).
"Regional Vice-Chair" shall mean the Vice-Chair of a Region of the Commission appointed as per Bylaw IX 1 (1)(c).
Words importing singular number include the plural number and vice versa.
"Education and communication" will refer to environmental and sustainable develop-ment education and environmental and sustainable development communication including learning and knowledge management as it relates to the IUCN mission.
The Secretariat of the Commission shall be at IUCN Headquarters, Rue Mauverney, 28, Gland CH/1196 Switzerland, or at such other place as may be determined by the Council in consultation with the Chair.
IV. Goal of the Commission
The goal of the Commission is to make IUCN and our community more effective at reaching goals through leading edge learning, change and knowledge management processes.
V. Objectives of the Commission
1. The objectives of the Commission are:
Network Facilitation: CEC stimulates collaboration and promotes cross-sectoral dialogue and alliance processes, formal and informal. CEC promotes the convening of CEOs and Presidents and major groups in all sectors, including the private sector, for new energy and impact.
Capacity Development: CEC is engaged in professional development in the environmental sector, especially through the World Conservation Learning Network (WCLN) Institute and related employment opportunities.
Change Agent: CEC advocates and inspires transformation and behaviour change in IUCN and externally to leverage larger impact. CEC provides change leadership and processes that strengthen IUCN capacity as force for change.
Communication Catalyzer: CEC catalyzes communication and is a source of catalytic communication in support of IUCN and the global sustainability agenda. CEC promotes the creation of diverse communication platforms that are self-sustained by networks of people around the world.
Partnership Builder: CEC offers authority in partnership processes that help partners influence and be positively influenced by others. CEC continues to build partnerships through the use of education and communication tools and is engaged in the co-creation of solutions and in addressing conflict.
(a) Facilitating the Co-creation of Sustainable Solutions
CEC will help broker valuable strategic and non-traditional alliances. It will design generative processes and create environments where people can think, talk and act differently with one another, in order to find new, creative pathways to success. CEC will focus on a number of global work areas including: a) Strategic alliances and joint ventures, particularly involving the private sector; b) Conflict resolution processes, incorporating a mutual gains focus and incentive creation; and c) Facilitation processes and knowledge management, expanding expertise and identifying best, appropriate and “next” practice.
(b) Creating Strategic Communication Platforms
CEC will promote communication platforms that are “high-tech, high-touch and high content”. CEC will experiment with the best and most appropriate communication and social networking technologies and methods to engage and service the sustainability community and its goals, ranging from interactive multi-media and new media to face-to-face or palm-to-palm opportunities for interpersonal interaction. CEC will develop platforms to work across the varied membership of the conservation and sustainability community to build linkages, relationships and necessary social capital. CEC will use these platforms to enhance interaction and learning, and to work more effectively together to leverage behaviour change. CEC will focus on a number of global work areas that explore “next practices” in our field through use of the best and most appropriate communication and social networking technologies to engage and service the sustainability community.
(c) Leveraging New Learning for Professional Development
CEC will focus on learning as the link between knowledge and action, and will explore the following questions: How can we help people learn what they need and/or want to learn in order to do things differently and better support sustainability goals, such as those of IUCN? How can we help people to make the best use of the knowledge available globally? This CEC work area will encompass formal, accredited certificate programmes as well as informal learning on-the-job. It will help conservation and sustainability actors such as IUCN manage their knowledge and leverage the power of learning.
CEC will focus on a number of global work areas including: a) The IUCN/United Nations University (UNU) Institute for professional development and b) Capacity development linked to communication, learning and sustainability.
3. Specific Expected Results from the Mandate 2009-2012 (Annex 1)
New IUCN strategic alliances/joint ventures involving the private sector are brokered which serve to help greening business, with facilitation and process contributions from the CEC at all stages of the process. In collaboration with the IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme. (Linked with Global Result 5.2)
IUCN community-based sustainable environmental management projects in the Forest Programme clearly incorporate conflict resolution components as a key factor in co-creating solutions among stakeholders for jointly managing their resources. In collaboration with the IUCN Forest Programme. (Linked with Global Result 1.2)
An effective multi-stakeholder dialogue process involving key community representatives and partners produces lessons learnt as well as a process to reintroduce those methods into planning at different levels of decision-making. In collaboration with the IUCN Oceania Office. (Linked with Global Result 4.1)
IUCN component programme activities increase their impact with existing target audiences and potentially reach new audiences (e.g. youth, women) with measurable results and have greater impact through new media interventions and/or extensions of their knowledge products, networks and learning. In collaboration with the IUCN Mediterranean Office and WCPA. (Linked with Global Result 2.1)
Graduates of the IUCN/UNU Institute, including biodiversity/conservation resource managers, are equipped with up-to-date tools and knowledge about sustainable natural resources management, with an official accredited certificate conferred by United Nations University with IUCN. (Linked with Global Results 1.2)
VI. Delivery Modalities
The Commission should fulfill its mandate through:
(a) broad participation of education and communication experts;
(b) creating and nurturing regional and national networks and dialogue among communication and learning practitioners from institutions both within and outside the Union;
(c) linking the CEC network to IUCN members and national committees, and national and regional offices of the IUCN secretariat and to other Commissions;
(d) establishing thematic groups to address selected issues;
(e) creating and strengthening alliances notably with UNESCO, UNEP, the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United Nations University, Convention on Biological Diversity and other Conventions, and other key partner organisations;
(f) exchanging national and regional experience and expertise in particular through maintaining and disseminating through the CEC portal a database of education and communication experts. CEC will also maintain an electronic knowledge base of information related to environmental and sustainable development education and communication, as well as e-publishing and e-distributing a regular newsletter for members, and holding regional and international meetings.
VII. Membership and Composition
1. Regular Members
The Members of the Commission shall be appointed as follows:1
(a) Candidates for membership may approach the Commission directly or may be recommended by another CEC member, IUCN member or IUCN secretariat. The candidate will provide contact and biographical information, (e.g. a curriculum vitae) along with links to publications and articles, if any. The application will be considered by the Regional Vice-Chair of the region of the applicant, where applicable.
(b) The Chair will appoint members to the Commission based on the recommenda-tions of the Regional Vice-Chairs, endeavouring to reflect gender, age diversity and geographical balances in the membership of the Commission.
(c) Members will have the following profile and expertise in one or more of the following areas which will become CEC’s Specialty Groups:
Change Management and Organization Development
Sustainability Centers of Practice Network
Scenario Planning and Systems Thinking (or Scenarios, Simulations, Systems and Stories)
Evaluation and Assessment for Learning
Journalist and Media Education
Children, Youth and Nature
Web 2.0 and Social Networking
Multi-Media ,Video and Film
(d) The Chair may appoint, for the duration of her / his term of office, advisors and consultants to assist in the work of the Commission by means of their special knowledge and skill.
(e) The term of appointment of the Member shall expire as per the Statutes.
2. Responsibilities of Members
The responsibilities of the Members are to:
Provide information on education and communication activities, tools and manage-ment as may, from time to time, be requested by the Steering Committee and the Secretariat;
Assist in planning and implementation of education, learning and communication activities;
Contribute to action towards the integration of education and communication components in IUCN programmes;
Communicate CEC policies and programmes to outside organizations and agencies;
Assist the Commission to promote and strengthen education and communication policies and practices;
Provide an update of the members' own work to the Commission secretariat;
Monitor emerging environmental and development education and communication issues in members' own countries, or places of work, coordinate with relevant regional/country offices on recommendations for issues on which IUCN position could/should be developed.
3. Honorary Members
The Chair may, with the support of the Steering Committee, nominate to the Commission a small number of highly distinguished persons for appointment to an Honorary Membership with the Commission. Honorary Members shall be entitled to attend all meetings of the Commission but shall not be entitled to vote thereat.
VIII. Meetings of the Commission
1. Transaction of the Commission Business
The Commission shall transact its business by correspondence or by Steering Committee meetings or through the Steering Committee’s Bureau as required.
IX. Governance of the Commission
1. Officers of the Commission
(1) The officers of the Commission shall be comprised of the following:
the Chair, elected by the World Conservation Congress, in accordance with the Statutes;
the Deputy Chair, nominated by the Chair and approved by the Council in accordance with the Statutes;
the Regional Vice-Chairs, nominated by the Chair and approved by the Council, such nominations to appropriately represent environmental and development education and communication disciplines and geographical concerns from the Regions. In nominating Regional Vice-Chairs, gender and age diversity should also be considered.
the CEC Specialty Group Chairs are nominated by the Chair and are not required to be approved by Council.
National Activators will be recommended by the Regional Vice-Chairs and appointed by the Chair to act as focal points for CEC members in their countries.
other Advisors to the Chair as needed.
(2) The Chair shall be elected for a term extending from the close of the ordinary session of the World Conservation Congress at which she/he is elected until the close of the next succeeding ordinary session of the World Conservation Congress. The Chair shall be the head of the Commission and shall have full powers in accordance with these Bylaws, to undertake such functions and responsibilities as may be necessary to meet the objectives of the Commission.
(3) The Deputy Chair shall act in the place of the Chair whenever the Chair is unable to attend a meeting or whenever the Chair specifically requests the Deputy Chair for any purpose.
2. Steering Committee
(1) Composition and Functions
(a) There shall be a Steering Committee to assist the Chair in conducting the activities of the Commission.
(b) The Steering Committee shall consist of the following:
the Deputy Chair
the Regional Vice-Chairs
the Advisors to the Chair
the Head of the Learning & Leadership Unit (on an ex officio basis)
(c) The Steering Committee shall make policies, procedures, rules and determine all programmes of the Commission within the bounds of the mandate and the terms of reference as established by the World Conservation Congress.
(d) The Steering Committee shall recommend candidates for appointment or reappointment for membership in the Commission.
(e) The Steering Committee shall approve the Commission's strategic plan and business plan.
(f) The Steering Committee shall establish a four-year business plan to be revised or reviewed annually, as appropriate. The business plan shall be circulated to all Members of the Commission and those of the Steering Committee.
(g) The Chair may establish Working Groups or Specialty Groups of the Commission under the direction of the Steering Committee. The Members of such groups and their chairs shall be appointed by the Chair: the Chair of such a Group must be a Member. Such membership shall, ipso facto, cease when the term of office of the Commission Members expires, or when the Specialty Group has completed its tasks. Members of such Specialty Groups shall be provided with written terms of reference and shall carry out their work in accordance with the policy of IUCN, and any guidelines or directives laid down by the World Conservation Congress or the Council. The terms of reference in this respect shall provide for periodic reports by the Steering Committee to the Commission membership.
(h) The Steering Committee shall perform such other functions as may be conferred upon it or its individual Members by the Chair.
(a) The Steering Committee shall meet at least once a year. The Chair may convene a meeting of the Steering Committee whenever deemed necessary. The Chair shall also call a meeting of the Steering Committee if requested by one third (1/3) of the Members of the Steering Committee. If the Chair for any reason is incapable of convening a meeting upon the request of one third (1/3) of the Members of the Steering Committee, the Deputy Chair may do so in the Chair's stead.
(b) Notice of meetings of the Steering Committee shall be circulated to all the Members of the Steering Committee at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the meeting and shall be accompanied by a draft agenda.
(c) A majority of the Members of the Steering Committee shall constitute a quorum. In the event that a quorum is not present at a duly convened meeting of the Steering Committee, draft decisions may be prepared by those present and circulated to all Members of the Steering Committee for decision by email for their agreement.
(d) Summary minutes of each meeting of the Steering Committee shall be presented by the Chair or his representative and submitted to the Members of the Steering Committee as soon as possible after the meeting.
(e) The Chair may, from time to time, invite observers to attend a meeting of the Steering Committee.
(f) A resolution-in-writing circulated to all Members of the Steering Committee by e-mail, airmail or fax, and affirmed by a majority of them, including the Chair, by return e-mail, airmail or fax, shall be as valid and effectual as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Steering Committee duly convened and held.
3. National (CEC) Networks
CEC will encourage national groupings to develop as appropriate to meet local
needs for education and communication.
National networks, where they exist, should have a National Activator, who can play an active part animating their network at the national level. CEC members should make themselves known to the IUCN National Committee, where applicable, and seek participa-tion. The Regional Vice-Chair shall have information on the contact points for IUCN National Committees.
There shall be a Bureau consisting of the Chair, the Deputy Chair, the secretariat Head of the Learning & Leadership Unit. The Chair can appoint members of the Steering Committee to be a Member of the Bureau. The function of the Bureau shall be to implement the policies laid down by the Steering Committee, to prepare for meetings of the Steering Committee and to act on behalf of and under the authority of the Steering Committee between meetings of the Steering Committee. The decisions and acts of the Bureau will be reported on and shall be reviewed at the following meeting of the Steering Committee.
1. Cooperation with third parties
(a) The Steering Committee will adopt a policy on partnerships and collaboration with third parties, which will be annexed to these By-laws as Annex 2.
(b) The Steering Committee will appoint one of its members to coordinate the work of the Commission with that of each of the other Commissions, with the objective of promoting cooperation among Commissions as relevant and appropriate.
2. Submission of Reports
(a) The Chair shall present a report at each ordinary session of the World Conserva-tion Congress. This report shall also be circulated to all the Members.
(b) The Chair shall present a report at meetings of Council, as required.
(c) The Chair shall ensure that there is proper authorization of expenditure for Commission activities and operations and that there is proper accounting of all Commission funds. The Chair will submit a financial report to the Director General at the end of each year.
The Commission or any of its regional or national networks may e-publish periodical Newsletters regarding the work, affairs and progress of the Commission or any of its subsets, as the case may be.
The Chair may, with the support of the Steering Committee, establish prizes for achieve-ments in the field of environmental education and communication, and award such prizes to deserving persons approved by the Steering Committee.
(a) No change may be made in these Bylaws which is inconsistent with the Statutes and the Regulations.
(b) Subject to the provisions of sub-clause (1) hereof, these Bylaws may be adopted and amended by the Steering Committee of the Commission.
6. Members’ use of the name/logo of the Commission and of IUCN
Members of the Commission shall use the name/logo of the Commission and of IUCN strictly in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Statutes, Regulations and Resolutions of the World Conservation Congress, and in policy guidelines and procedures adopted by Council and implemented by the Director General. Annex 3
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