IUCN maintains a formally accredited permanent observer mission to the UN in New York. IUCN also has designated representatives for the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Geneva, and Vienna, and has participated regularly in mission-relevant discussions under the auspices of the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council).
The IUCN's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations was established on December 17,1999, as environmental issues continued to assume a greater role in many multilateral organizations.
IUCN is the only international observer organization in the UN General Assembly with expertise in issues concerning the environment, specifically biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainable natural resource use. The IUCN Washington D.C. Office manages the implementation of this mission, with co-operation from the Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, and under the direct supervision of the Director General.
Permanent Observer Mission of IUCN to the UN
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