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Frequently asked questions


Can a private for-profit organisation be a Member of IUCN?

No, a private for-profit organisation cannot be an IUCN Member even if their objectives are in line with IUCN's.

What are the categories for Members?

IUCN Members are grouped into four categories:

Category A:   (a) States and government agencies;

                      (b) Political and/or economic integration organisations;

Category B:   (c) National non-governmental organisations;

                      (d) International non-governmental organisations;

Category C:   (e) Indigenous peoples’ organisations; and

Category D:   (f) Affiliates.

What is the difference between Member and Affiliate Member?

Affiliate Members cannot vote in the World Conservation Congress. Affiliate Members shall be government agencies, and national and international non-governmental organisations, which are not in Categories A, B or C.

How are Membership Dues determined?

IUCN World Conservation Congress determines Membership Dues.

Each category has its own due scale as follows:

Category A: States, government agencies and political and/or economic integration organisations

Dues are calculated on the basis of the latest available percentage assessed for States concerned in the budget of the United Nations. Based on this, the IUCN determines its 11 groups of dues.

Dues for government agencies are established based on the dues of the States they come from.

The dues for a government agency where the State IS a Member of IUCN are 3% of those of the State rate.

In a country where the State is NOT a Member of IUCN, each government agency pays 25% of the amount of dues payable by the State if it were a Member.

The amount of dues payable by political and/or economic integration organisations is the average amount of the dues payable by each of the States constituting the organisation concerned.

Categories B and C: National and international non-governmental organisations and indigenous peoples’ organisations.

The dues for these categories are calculated on the basis of the organisation’s annual operating expenditure and is divided into nine groups.

Operating expenditure is defined as the expenditure arising in the course of ordinary activities of the organisation, for example: office rental, maintenance expenses and basic salaries. Money allocation for especial projects or other big expenses which are not included in the main budget will not be counted. Applicant and Member organisations must provide the required financial information to determine the dues group they should be in.

Category D: Affiliates

Affiliate Members’ dues are fixed and the same for all.

For more information check the IUCN Members’ Dues Guide

What is the World Conservation Congress?

It is the highest authority of the Union and it's held every four years.

Its main roles include:

  • Establishing IUCN's general policies.
  • Making recommendations to governments and national and international organisations on any topic related to IUCN's objectives.
  • Receiving and consider the reports of the general director, treasurer and presidents of the recognized Regional Commissions and Committees and of the Regional Forums.
  •  Receiving the report of auditors and approve audited accounts.
  •  Examining and approve the Programme and the financial plan which will be used until the next sessions ordinary period of the World Congress.
  • Approving the motions submitted by the Members.
  • Establishing IUCN Member's dues.
  • Establishing the number of Commissions and its rulings.
  • Choosing a President, Treasurer, Regional Counsellors, and the Commissions' Presidents.

Moreover, the Congress offers a public debate forum on the best ways to preserve nature's integrity and diversity, and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable;

Who can vote in the World Conservation Congress?

Only Members from Categories A, B and C can vote.

What are IUCN's Motions and how are they adopted?

Motions are draft decisions submitted in writing for its adoption by the World Conservation Congress.  Once a motion is approved, it becomes a Resolution or Recommendation. The resolutions are directed towards IUCN itself. Recommendations refer to a third party and may address any matter of importance to IUCN's objectives.

Motions may be proposed by the Council, or by any Member eligible to vote with the co-sponsorship of at least two other eligible Members

Motions are approved during the World Conservation Congress through the Members' votes. 

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