Iypf 10th-birthday-2011


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  1. 1. 10th Birthday: 4th Oct 2011<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  2. 2. 10th Birthday Presentation<br />The Birth of IYPF<br />Why Young Professionals<br />Vision & Mission<br />The Last 10 Years<br />What’s Next?<br />Your Involvement<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  3. 3. The Birth of IYPF<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />The IYPF was born from the convening of the International Young Professionals Summit in 2001. The IYPS 2001 itself had a history.<br />The CEC<br />The origins of IYPS 2001 are traced back to the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Engineering Council (CEC) in 1996. <br /> <br />The CEC is the umbrella organisation of the national institutions of engineering professionals in the Commonwealth, founded in 1946 by the Institutions of Engineers Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa & the U.K.  <br />The CEC 50th Anniversary focused on the most important challenge for humankind in the next 50 years - “Engineering to Survive-Global Solutions For Sustainable Development” – and sought to involve the next generation of engineers as the next half-century of the engineering profession rightly would belong to them. It was highly successful. <br />
  4. 4. The Birth of IYPF<br />Success led CEC to organise the first Commonwealth Young Engineers Seminar during the CommonwealthHeadsOf GovernmentMeeting (CHOGM) 1997 in Edinburgh. The Seminar submitted a Memorandum to CHOGM and decided to form the Commonwealth Young Engineers Network (CYEN). <br />The CYEN<br />CYEN soon realised that issues of sustainable development are the common concern of all young professionals, not just young engineers, and that CYEN would need to involve other young professionals at its next meeting in order to facilitate properly represented discussions on the issue. <br />CEC worked to include the Commonwealth Young Professionals Conference (CYPC) as part of the Millennium Commonwealth Day Celebration, March 2000, London.<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  5. 5. The Birth of IYPF<br />The CYPC<br />CYPC was successfully held on 18 March 2000 in the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. CYPC was a truly multi-professional conference. The meeting decided to change the Commonwealth Young Engineers Network to the Commonwealth Young Professionals Network.<br />In order to follow through with the action areas and identified themes of importance at the CYPC, the delegates decided that there would be a second similar Summit, representing all regions of the world. As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in October 2001, the Institution of Engineers Australia, and Young Engineers Australia, were given the task of forming a Board to direct the development of the Summit.<br />The International Young Professionals Summit 2001 was born.<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  6. 6. The Birth of IYPF: CYPC 2000 Declaration<br />We, representatives of the Young Professionals of the Commonwealth, mindful:<br />that nearly one in four people of the world live in absolute poverty<br />that the eradication of poverty is an indispensable requirement for global sustainable development<br />that every society is facing problems as the gap between rich and poor continues to widen<br />that the Commonwealth, by its nature a microcosm of the world with its mixture of large, small and island states in widely varied geographic locations, is by its nature uniquely placed to lead the world in facing these problems;<br /> <br />consider that these circumstances create a new set of conditions for the creation of wealth and the elimination of poverty.<br />Essential elements of these new conditions are:<br />the need for resource accounting;<br />the need for increasingly efficient, appropriate and effective uses of resources and energy;<br />the need to take a longer term view of economic and financial realities.<br /> <br />Action points from this conference were:<br />Housing and Infrastructure<br />Education<br />Food and Agriculture <br />Water<br />Population and Health<br />Aid<br />Communications & IT<br />Transport<br />Appropriate Technology<br />
  7. 7. The Birth of IYPF:IYPS 2001 Preparation<br />Organising Committee first formed in April 2000 – 18 months to pull together an international conference<br />Had the backing of Engineers Australia and Young Engineers nationally and in Queensland<br />Multi-disciplinary team, mostly engineers<br />Team grew to over 60 volunteers from every continent aged between 18 and 35<br />
  8. 8. The Birth of IYPF:IYPS 2001 The Event<br />120 international young professionals from all major regions except Latin America and The Middle East<br />Addressed themes of Poverty, Environment, Sustainability and Social Capital (expansion of CYPC)<br />Action areas of Housing & Infrastructure, Education, Food & Agriculture, Water, Population & Health, Aid & Trade, Information & Communication Technologies, Transport, Appropriate Technology<br />Convened in 5 regions – Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Oceania<br />6 months of facilitated online discussions prior to the IYPS 2001, combined with sessions during the event, to develop position papers on all themes and action areas, identifying key challenges and possible responses, and producing calls to action<br />Development of ideas for projects to address challenges emerging from regional, thematic and action area discussions to be implemented after IYPS 2001<br />
  9. 9. The Birth of IYPF:IYPS2001 - Outcomes<br />Production of IYPS 2001 Resolutions – compilation of position papers, calls to action, project ideas<br />The IYPS 2001 Dream<br />Launch of the International Young Professionals Foundation to carry forward the energy, ideals and enthusiasm of the IYPS 2001<br />
  10. 10. The Birth of the IYPF:The Launch of the IYPF<br />With the IYPS 2001 Dream, the recognition of what needed to be done to realise the dream we had, the collective brain power and thinking behind the IYPS 2001 Resolutions, and the will of all participants to play their role in working towards the dream, the International Young Professionals Foundation was launched as a vehicle for continuing the work commenced at the Summit.<br />5 of the IYPS 2001 Organising Team – James Moody, Michael Lucas, Tamara Price, Peter Bodetti and Cameron Neil – became the founding members and its initial directors, responsible for steering the organisation through its start-up period and working towards its objectives … and the realisation of the IYPS 2001 Dream.<br />
  11. 11. Why Young Professionals<br />Ideally placed to influence current and future change in the world<br />Educated and globally connected<br />Earning and consuming <br />Skilled, connected, passionate<br />Numerically sizable demographic<br />Hundreds of millions across the globe<br />Today’s and tomorrow’s world leaders<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  12. 12. Vision & Mission<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />Vision<br />A global community of young professionals creating a better world for current and future generations through local and global action.<br />Mission<br />Informing, inspiring and equipping young professionals to change their world for good.<br />
  13. 13. Vision & Mission<br />Our Focus<br />Encourage more young professionals to actively help make the world a better place<br />Increase the capacity of young professionals to make a positive difference through<br />Information & Knowledge<br />Connectivity & Access<br />Recognition & Support<br />IYPF’s immediate focus<br />Engaging young professionals in helping to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  14. 14. The Last 10 Years:Highlights<br />Summits<br />IYPS 2001 on the Gold Coast<br />IYPS 2004 in Brisbane at Griffith University, with themes of Sustainable Livelihoods and Science & Technology for Development, bringing together 70 young professionals from 18 countries<br />IYPS 2008 in Manchester, focused on “How young professionals can help to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals"<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  15. 15. The Last 10 Years:Highlights<br />Representation & Delegations<br />Sent a delegation, with the CEC, to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2002) to lobby and advocate for the role of young professionals in development<br /><ul><li>Sent a delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  16. 16. Convened a WSSD side event with the Youth Employment Summit on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Livelihoods</li></ul>Sent a delegation to the Youth Employment Summit 2002 in Alexandria, Egypt<br />
  17. 17. The Last 10 Years:Highlights<br />Research & Publications<br />Blueprint Project in Australia in 2003<br />implemented in Latin America as HuellaEmprendedora from 2006<br />Successful tender with Griffith University for Youth & Sustainable Consumption research project:<br />Release of Sustainable Consumption: Young Australians as Agents of Change in 2003<br />Research project became otherWISE project with RMIT which ran until 2010<br />Involved in writing and researching the Youth and the Millennium Development Goals report: Youth & The MDGs: Opportunities and Challenges for Implementation<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  18. 18. The Last 10 Years:Highlights<br />Other Initiatives<br />Mdgpledge.org/sig<br />Email signature campaign to raise awareness of the MDGs<br />StandUpevents (as part of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty)<br />In 2007 and 2008<br />37 events across the globe in 2008<br />With the Global Financial Crisis on the back of the IYPS 2008, the IYPF lost its mojo. Now we are back. <br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  19. 19. What’s Next?<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  20. 20. What’s Next?<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br /><ul><li>Our mission calls for the IYPF to increase the volume and richness of connections between Young Professionals around issues of the day
  21. 21. Our vision demands that the IYPF be both truly INTERNATIONAL and be relevant to a breadth of YOUNG PROFESSIONALS.
  22. 22. Key to achieving this is increasing the critical mass of young professionals who contact with the IYPF. At this stage for the IYPF, more is better.
  23. 23. This means casting a wider net with young professionals. It means increasing the profile of the IYPF with those who are not directly engaged in sustainable development issues now, but are interested in the evolution of their own profession and world they live.</li></li></ul><li>Your Involvement<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />
  24. 24. 10th Birthday: 4th Oct 2011<br />International Young Professionals Foundation<br />