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50 Years of the IUCN Red List

Celebrating the Importance of the Red List in Species Conservation

As you may know, IUCN is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List has evolved over fifty years to become the global authority on the conservation status of wild species. Far more than just a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool that drives action for nature conservation.

We are extremely proud of the work we have done so far, but there is much more to be done. Our goal is to assess at least 160,000 species by 2020 — more than double the current total. This will provide a more complete “Barometer of Life” to enable wiser decision-making and action on the ground.

Today we launch Red List 50, a campaign to celebrate our 50th anniversary and to ask for your help to continue our work.

Please visit the campaign’s website today and sign our pledge to support The IUCN Red List.

http://50.iucnredlist.org

The world’s species are counting on you.

Thank you for all that you do for nature,

Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Director General, IUCN

To learn about upcoming events and activities and other interesting IUCN News follow @IUCNRedList and @IUCNDC.

We appreciate your support of our important work learning about and describing biodiversity and its connections to human livelihoods across the world. Please consider a tax-deductable donation to IUCN-US to help us continue this important work.

A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

Photo: Alissa Nagel

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IUCN Washington D.C.

As the home of the U.S. Government as well as important international institutions such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. represents a critical focus of IUCN’s efforts to influence global policy on conservation and sustainable development.

The IUCN Washington D.C. Office works with IUCN Members in the United States, global institutions, and the U.S. donor community to further conservation worldwide. It also supports IUCN’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

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