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Addressing Children’s Nature-Deficit Disorder: Bold Actions by Conservation Leaders Worldwide

Actions taken at the 2012 World Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Jeju, South Korea provide dramatic support for the worldwide movement to re-connect children and nature—for their health and well-being and that of the Earth itself.

September 20, 2012. Santa Fe, New Mexico. The worldwide movement to re-connect children with nature got a big boost at the prestigious and influential World Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) September 5 – 14 in Jeju, South Korea. More than 10,000 people representing 150 nations and more than 1000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated in the Congress which convenes every four years. The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is one of the participating NGOs.

Of the many declarations approved and actions taken, there are three of particular relevance to the children and nature movement:
• IUCN adopted the resolution, “Child’s Right to Connect with Nature and to a Healthy Environment.” The resolution calls on IUCN’s government members and NGOs to promote and actively contribute to the international acknowledgement and codification of this right within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• Leaders of national parks and protected areas throughout the world resolved to work collectively to strengthen people’s engagement with nature by approving the “Jeju Declaration on National Parks and Protected Areas: Connecting People to Nature.” This declaration commits to creating a global campaign that recognizes the great contribution of these natural treasures…

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