The nature of progress

01 September 2011 | News story

How is IUCN helping us move towards a sustainable world? How are we promoting natural solutions to global challenges such as climate change and food security? IUCN’s annual report for 2010 takes a look at activities undertaken, and progress made towards our conservation objectives.

The Nature of Progress presents highlights of 2010 that was designated the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations—a landmark year for charting the way forward on how we value, protect and respect nature. A new ‘Big Plan’ for nature, which aims to steer public and private decision making over the next decade, was adopted by nearly 200 governments during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan in October.

The Nagoya Conference brought out the best in IUCN. Members, Commissions, Councillors and Secretariat staff from all over the world, not to mention many partners and friends, worked together to help ensure this success.

The report outlines how much of IUCN’s work in 2010 focused on helping to rebuild confidence in the UN-led negotiations after the breakdown of climate talks in Copenhagen. These efforts were rewarded at the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico, when governments agreed on some small but important steps that lay the foundations for a future climate deal. IUCN also used its reach and influence to promote natural solutions—such as ecosystem-based adaptation—for addressing climate change.

In many ways, 2010 was a year of gearing up the Union to better deliver on its mission—from rethinking the fundamental ways in which the Programme is being delivered to making our operations more efficient thanks to new technologies.

2010 also brought in new partners—governments, organizations, companies, foundations and individuals —as well as 75 new Members, including two States. New alliances, such as the SOS – Save Our Species or Sargasso Sea Alliance, were formed. IUCN’s scientific evaluations were delivered to help decision making on issues including trade in endangered wildlife and world natural heritage.

For further information contact:
Cindy Craker, IUCN Publications Unit cindy.craker@iucn.org