The Global IUCN Network
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the largest global conservation network, with more than 1,300 Member organisations, 1,000 staff and over 14,500 volunteer experts in 160 countries.
Formed in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has since evolved to become the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, which brings people together to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges - from threatened species and habitats, to climate change and food security.
Today, IUCN is the world’s global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
IUCN Members are a diverse group of organisations from 160 different countries. The membership is uniquely comprised of States, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and indigenous peoples’ organisations who share a vision for a just world that values and conserves nature.
IUCN’s Commissions unite more than 14,500 scientists and experts to provide the organisation and its Members with knowledge and policy advice to drive conservation and sustainable development across the planet. Experts are organised into six Commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.
The Members’ Assembly, held every four years as part of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, is the union’s highest decision-making body. Inbetween sessions of the congress, the Council, which is elected by IUCN Members acts as the principal governing body. Headquartered in Gland, Switzerland, the IUCN Secretariat comprises over 900 staff in more than 50 countries.
The Australian Committee for IUCN was founded over forty years ago to provide a focus for local Member organisations of IUCN to advance the network’s global mission and programme in Australia.