Global Policy

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IUCN participates in multilateral processes and international environmental forums to provide policy and technical advice to key stakeholders, associating extensive on-the-ground experience and scientific expertise. 

Learn more about how IUCN engages in these international processes. 


  The Rio Conventions  

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Through its policy, technical and field work IUCN actively supports the implementation of the CBD. IUCN’s policy recommendations on specific issues and its technical information papers regularly feed into decisions of the COP and the subsidiary bodies of the Convention. IUCN is a trusted source of scientific and technical expertise. More IUCN provides scientifical and technical inputs to Parties, stressing that while biodiversity and ecosystems are threatened by climate change, their conservation, restoration and sustainable management generate significant and practical nature-based solutions to climate change. More IUCN has a long-standing partnership with the UNCCD and has actively influenced the evolution of the convention, including through the development and implementation of LDN. IUCN is also an observer of the Science Policy Interface of the UNCCD. More
  Other conventions and processes  
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IUCN as an inter-governmental observer organisation to the Convention provides technical input and expertise on species and conservation and assists Parties in making scientifically informed decisions regarding international trade of species, and to ensure international trade is not detrimental to species in the wild. More IUCN engagement in CMS work first started with the drafting of the text of the Convention, and the collaboration has continued ever since. IUCN provides the CMS Family Secretariats with legal assistance and has been active in supporting the convention mainly through its Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN presents the World Heritage Committee with technical evaluations of natural heritage properties and, through its worldwide network of specialists, reports on the state of conservation of listed properties to identify serious conservation issues as early as possible, and bring these to the attention of the World Heritage Committee. More
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IUCN collaborates in the designation of Ramsar sites, assisting at site level management, and supporting the capacity to link local communities with government authorities to ensure the conservation of wetlands. Further, IUCN has the opportunity to advise the STRP on its experience with successful wetland management. More   IUCN provides in-kind support to IPBES Secretariat for implementing the IPBES Stakeholder Strategy. Experts from IUCN’s Commissions, Members, and Secretariat have been involved in elaborating or reviewing the IPBES assessments and IUCN knowledge products and data are leveraged to contribute to IPBES assessments. More


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