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UN Permanent Observer Mission

IUCN maintains a formally accredited permanent observer mission to the UN in New York. IUCN has also designated representatives for the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Geneva, and Vienna, and has participated regularly in mission-relevant discussions under the auspices of the UNGA and ECOSOC(UN Economic & Social Council). The IUCN's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations was established on December 17,1999, as environmental issues continue to assume a greater role in many multilateral organizations.
IUCN is the only international observer organization in the UN General Assembly with expertise in issues concerning the environment, specifically biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainable natural resource use. The IUCN Washington, D.C. Office manages the implementation of this mission, with co-operation from the Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, and under the direct supervision of the Director General.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

As part of ongoing considerations of establishing an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UNEP, DIVERSITAS and IUCN co-sponsored a North American consultation in Washington, D.C. The report of the consultation can be viewed here.

Visit IUCN's IPBES page to learn more.

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Online IUCN Red List Training Course

IUCN Red List Training Course Now Online

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding international, regional and national conservation. Prompted by the Red List’s increasing popularity and a growing need for Red List training around the world, IUCN in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course. …  

13 Sep 2013 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

The Duke of Cambridge and IUCN unite for wildlife

As part of his latest conservation initiative, The Duke of Cambridge brings together an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations, including IUCN. …  

12 Sep 2013 | International news release

Poverty in the landscape

The world at a crossroads: making the right choices

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre is among leading figures in international politics, science, business and civil society taking part in the 2013 Earth Dialogues being held today as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Green Cross International, the environmental organisation founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. …  

03 Sep 2013 | News story

High seas

The high seas call for more transparency

At the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, governments agreed to start scoping the content and feasibility of a new international legal agreement to conserve marine biodiversity in the two-thirds of the ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of individual States. This signals a strong shift in political opinion in favour of a new agreement, though the final outcome of these talks remains unclear. …  

25 Aug 2013 | News story