IUCN is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018 and, with growing momentum to meet ambitious global goals, the wind toward sustainable development is finally at our backs. But there is no time to lose. Species are going extinct at alarming rates. Climate change is threatening communities, economies and the ecosystems on which they depend.
No one government or organisation can correct humanity’s course alone. With 70 years of experience, vision and impact, the world needs IUCN’s diverse and powerful Union more than ever.
This paper briefly highlights some of the major impacts and influences that IUCN Resolutions have had on conservation. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to focus attention on some of the most significant issues that the IUCN Membership has addressed, working together with IUCN’s six Commissions (on Species, Protected Areas, Environmental Law, Ecosystem Management, Communications and Education, and Environmental, Economic and Social Policy) and supported by IUCN’s Secretariat.
This brochure provides a brief history of IUCN's vision and impact and shows the important role our Union plays in addressing today's most pressing conservation and sustainable development challenges.