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THE MOTIONS PROCESS. For a democratic and legitimate Union. What is this presentation about?. The motions process before , during and after the Congress Improving the motions process for the Jeju Congress. What is a motion?.

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THE MOTIONS PROCESS

For a democratic and legitimate Union


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What is this presentation about?

  • The motions processbefore, during and after the Congress

  • Improving the motions process for the Jeju Congress


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What is a motion?

  • A draft of any decision which the World Conservation Congress is requested to take.

  • Motions may take the form of a Resolution or Recommendation

  • Resolutions are directed to IUCN itself. Recommendations are directed to third parties, and may deal with any matter of importance to the objectives of IUCN.

  • (Paragraph 48 of the Rules of Procedure of the

  • World Conservation Congress)


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Why is the motion process important?

  • It is and has been influential in setting the international conservation agenda and in the adoption of several international environmental instruments, standards and agreements

  • It is influential in promoting or discouraging action by governments and other actors

  • It allows for Members to put forward conservation issues that are then discussed in a public forum where governments, NGOs and environmental agencies are sitting side-by-side – this is the uniqueness of IUCN

  • It allows the members to modify the governance and policies of the Union


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What are motions about?

  • Through Motions, Members are able:

    • To address specific conservation issues(indigenous peoples, species)

    • To call governments, other organizations, the international community to take action on specific conservation issues

    • To amend the Statute and Regulations to modify a process or change governance system

    • To modify the proposed IUCN Programme


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Road map for motions process 2011-2012

Opening of the motions blog for discussion of draft motions. Submission by email

Motions submitted and publicized for Congress

15 FEBRUARY 2012

9 MAY 2012

8 JULY 2012

76th Council

MAY

77th

Council

NOVEMBER

78th Council

FEBRUARY

79th Council

World Conservation Congress

DEADLINE for submission

PUBLICATION of motions

Regional consultations on motions, statutory changes and Programme to be submitted to the Congress

Council decides on statutory changes and submits to Congress

2011

2012


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Council and Members may submit Motions which must:

    • be consistent with the objectives of IUCN

    • relate to the new issues or a new aspect of issues addressed at previous congresses

    • Critical information:

    • Motions must be submitted before 9 May 2012

    • The main sponsor and co-sponsors must be in good standing (dues properly paid)

    • The motion must be supported by at least 5 co-sponsors

    • Motions may be submitted in all IUCN languages: English, French and Spanish


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Structure of a motion:

  • TITLE

    • Preamble: (background)

    • Noting…

    • Taking into account…

    • Transition clause: The IUCN World Conservation Congress at its fifth session in Jeju, Korea, 6-15 September 2012:

    • Operant paragraphs: (action required)

    • Calls on… to…

    • Urges … to…

    • Recommends…. to….

    • Encourages… to…

    • [Explanatory memorandum] (provides additional information - optional)


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Electronic Motions Blog open for discussion:

  • The secretariat has created an electronic Motions Blog discussion for IUCN Members to debate draft motions

  • The Forum of discussion functions like any blog

  • Access the Motions Blog: same Login and password as for Members Portal


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  • BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • How to submit a motion:

  • IUCN Members must simply send an email to:

  • [email protected]

  • With:

  • The motion (title, text and, if necessary, an explanatory memorandum)

  • The name of the sponsor (the organization that submits the motion)

  • The names of the co-sponsors (the organizations that support the motion)


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Resolutions Working Group:

    • Established by Council in November 2010

  • Composed of:

  • 1. Zuleika Pinzón (Chair)

  • 2. Ali Darwish (Deputy Chair)

  • 3. BrahimHaddane

  • 4. Brendan Mackey

  • 5. Grace Mwaura

  • 6. MahfuzUllah

  • 7. Robin Yarrow

  • 8. Hans de Iongh

  • 9. Jon Paul Rodriguez (Deputy Chair of the SSC)

  • Secretariat support: Constanza Martinez, Sonia Peña Moreno


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Terms of reference of the Resolutions Working Group:

    • Establish specific procedures for the motions process and principles upon which they will be revised

    • Ensure that the statutory requirements are applied to the submitted motions and that motions are treated fairly and equitably

    • Advise sponsors of motions to revise, amend or withdraw a draft motion

    • Prepare motions for tabling at Congress

    • Facilitate discussion between members on motions in advance of the Congress


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Review submitted motions by the Resolutions Working Group:

  • Verifies the motion fulfils the statutory requirements

  • Edits to make motions understandable and follow the structure

  • Merges motions on the same subject

  • Rejects motions which do not follow the statutory requirements

  • Classifies motions according to themes, and according to whether they fall under the proposed Programme 2013-2016

  • Verifies that the technical content of the motion is accurate

  • Liaises with Members on all the above, when appropriate


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

  • Amendments to the Motions:

  • ONCE SUBMITTED, A MOTION CAN ONLY BE AMENDED BY THE RESOLUTIONS WORKING GROUP

  • AT CONGRESS: If the author of the motion wishes to amend its text, the proposed amendments must be:

  • presented in “the course of a debate”; or

  • “submitted in time to the Resolutions Committee for distribution before they are debated”

  • Public debates: plenary or contact groups announced in time for Members to have the opportunity to participate

  • (Paragraph 59 of the Rules of Procedure of the

  • World Conservation Congress)


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BEFORE THE CONGRESS

Motions will be published and disseminated on 8 July 2012

From July to the opening of the Congress, the Resolutions Working Group will:

  • Organize contact groups for motions which may need further discussion

  • Organize sessions for motions related to the proposed Programme 2013-2016

  • Prepare for new motions submitted at the Congress

  • Prepare appeals of decisions of the Resolutions Working Group for Steering Committee of Congress to address


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Flow of motions submitted BEFORE THE CONGRESS

PROGRAMME

SUB GROUP OF RWG

FOR MOTIONS RELATED TO DRAFT PROGRAMME

RESOLUTIONS WORKING GROUP: REVIEW AND PUBLICATION OF MOTIONS BY:

8JULY 2012

DISCUSSION THROUGH MOTIONS BLOG AND SUBMISSION OF MOTIONS BY EMAILFROM FEBRUARY 15 TO MAY 9*

EDITORIAL & STATUTORY REVISION BY RESOLUTIONS WORKING GROUP

TECHNICAL REVIEW

GOVERNANCE

COMMITTEE

FOR MOTIONS RELATED TO GOVERNANCE


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DURING THE CONGRESS

  • Members may also submit motions at the Congressprovided that:

    • The subject of the motions is « new », « urgent », « could not have been foreseen », « arises out of the deliberations at the Congress », « responds to matters of the agenda ». (at least three of these conditions must be met)

    • The motion is supported by at least 10 co-sponsors

    • Deadline during Congress to be established by the Steering Committee on the recommendation of the Resolutions Working Group

  • (Paragraph 52 and 53 of the Rules of Procedure of the

  • World Conservation Congress)


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DURING THE CONGRESS

  • Motions Help Desk:

  • Provide information to Members on the motions process

  • Redirect questions to the relevant Secretariat staff when appropriate

  • Receive new motions during the Congress


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Flow of motions submitted AT THE CONGRESS

PROGRAMME

COMMITTEE

FOR MOTIONS RELATED TO PROGRAMME

EDITORIAL & STATUTORY REVISION BY RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

SUBMISSION AT THE RESOLUTIONS HELP DESK*

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

TECHNICAL REVIEW

GOVERNANCE

COMMITTEE

FOR MOTIONS RELATED TO GOVERNANCE

TRANSLATION

CONTACT GROUP

PLENARY

*Submitted during the Assembly by 12 September 2012, 14.00 (tentative)


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AFTER THE CONGRESS

  • Categorizing adopted motions as Resolutions and Recommendations

  • Publication and dissemination of Resolutions and Recommendations

  • Voting records - information that may be disclosed

  • Monitoring and reporting of Implementation of Resolutions and Recommendations:

    • Automated system (accessible through the Members’ Portal)


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IMPROVING THE MOTIONS PROCESS

Congress Evaluation + survey + Council analysis – issues that need to be addressed in the motions process:


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INFORMATION TO REMEMBER

DATES AND DEADLINES

Opening of the Motions Blog for discussion;submission of motions by email: from15 February 2012

Deadline for submitting motions: 9 May 2012

Publication and dissemination of motions: 8 July 2012

CONTACT DETAILS

Constanza Martinez, Sonia Peña Moreno

[email protected]


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