48 new members join IUCN

15 October 2008 | News story

On the eve of IUCN's 60th anniversary, a record number of new members have joined the Union. At its 70th Meeting, held in Barcelona on 4 October, the IUCN Council admitted 48 new members.

The new members are governmental agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations from all across IUCN's 8 statutory regions. The region with the strongest growth in members in this round of admissions is Meso and South America, which welcomes 12 new members from 9 different countries. Three notable admissions to the global membership are the NGOs Suriname Conservation Foundation (Suriname), Tonga Community Development Trust (Tonga) and Cultura Ambiental (Uruguay), which are as yet the only IUCN members in these countries.

Each one of the new members has shown that it shares and supports the Union’s mission: to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The top reasons for joining IUCN cited by the new members are knowledge sharing, influencing and networking. Mirroring the overall language preferences of the Union's membership, about 60% of the new members prefer to use English in the contacts within IUCN, with Spanish being slightly more used than French among the others.

The full list of the 48 new members can be found here