The Global Policy Unit (GPU) provides supervision and guidance to IUCN's programmes in the development and implementation of international conservation policy.

GPU coordinates IUCN's engagement and participation in multilateral processes and facilitates the development of key policy messages through position papers and other resources.

GPU ensures coherence across IUCN's policy products and messages prepared for and delivered at different multilateral fora, including:

  • United Nations - General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, High Level Political forum on Sustainable Development (past: Commission on Sustainable Development.)
  • Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, etc.)

GPU keeps "a watching eye" on emerging policy issues and processes.

It supports IUCN's governance processes and ensures that corporate policy standards are met