International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Union mondiale pour la conservation de la nature et de ses ressources
Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza y de los Recursos Naturales (UICN)

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1948-10-05 Fontainebleau France


Founded at an international conference convened by UNESCO and the French Government. Establishment followed the setting up, Oct 1928, Brussels (Belgium), of Office international de documentation et de corrélation pour la protection de la nature, as the delayed result of the decision of an intergovernmental conference, 1913, Bern (Switzerland); subsequently becoming H-XH0409 - International Office for the Protection of Nature, 1934, on registration under Belgian law; reactivated in 1945 and documentation transferred to the IUPN on its setting up in 1948. Present Statutory name adopted Edinburgh (UK). Statutes adopted 5 Oct 1948; revised 4 Oct 1978; amended 2 and 5 Dec 1990; revised 22 Oct 1996 and 13 Oct 2008; last amended 13 Oct 2015.


Influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable; develop and support cutting edge conservation science, particularly in species, ecosystems and biodiversity and the impact these have on human livelihoods.


2025-10-09 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – World Conservation Congress

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World Conservation Congress (every 4 years); Council; Secretariat, headed by Director-General. Expert Commissions (7): Education and Communication (CEC); Ecosysttem Management (CEM); Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP); Species Survival (SSC); World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL); World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA); Climate Crisis. Statutory Regions (8): Africa; Meso and South America; North America and the Caribbean; South and East Asia; West Asia; Oceania; East Europe, North and Central Asia; West Europe. Headquarters at IUCN Conservation Centre, Gland (Switzerland). Offices in over 50 countries.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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