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Borana pastoralist, Kenya Borana pastoralist, Kenya Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Rafal Obrzud

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

 


1,300 + Members

15,000 + Experts

Active in 160+ countries


 

How we operate 

IUCN is a democratic Union that brings together the world’s most influential organisations and top experts
in a combined effort to conserve nature and accelerate the transition to sustainable development.

Members 

IUCN Member organisations set the direction of the Union's work, and global conservation efforts more broadly, every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Membership

Commissions

Six IUCN Commissions made up of over ten thousands experts inform IUCN’s knowledge and help produce its work.

CEC | CEM | CEESP | WCPA | SSC | WCEL

Secretariat

The IUCN Secretariat focusses its work on key themes and is organised into 11 operational regions in order to anchor its knowledge locally and better serve Members’ needs.

Themes | Regions 

 

Infographic - about IUCN Photo: IUCN


 

Governance

IUCN's strength and mandate come from its diverse and powerful membership; 
more than 1,300 Member organisations which provide the vision and oversight for the Union and its work.

IUCN Congress

Every four years, IUCN convenes the IUCN World Conservation Congress where IUCN Members set the global conservation agenda by voting on recommendations and guide the Secretariat’s work by passing resolutions and the IUCN Programme. IUCN Congress 2020 Photo: IUCN

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IUCN Congress newsletter 

IUCN Council 

The IUCN Council is the principal governing body of IUCN between sessions of the World Conservation Congress. IUCN Members elect Commission chairs and representatives from Member organisations to serve four-year terms on the Council. 

IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng speaking at the 2018 Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation in Bonn IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng speaking at the 2018 Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation in Bonn    Photo: © ICLEI

President Xinsheng Zhang 

Former IUCN Presidents

IUCN Secretariat 

The IUCN Secretariat works with Member organisations and IUCN Commissions to move the vision of IUCN’s membership into action. The Secretariat includes around 900 staff and projects in over 160 countries.

Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Acting Director General Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Acting Director General Photo: BLINKfotografie

Director General Grethel Aguilar 

Former Directors General


 


 

Partnerships make IUCN mission’s possible

 

Donors and Partners | Patrons of Nature

Our global commons are under pressure from climate change, habitat destruction, and other threats. Our partnership with IUCN engages stakeholders around the world, from government ministers to local communities, to safeguard our planet’s diversity and resources. – Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

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Our vision

 

A just world that values
and conserves nature.

 


Our mission

Influence, encourage and assist societies
  to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature
and ensure that any use of natural resources is
equitable and ecologically sustainable.

 


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