Celebrating 70 years

IUCN - 70 years

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. 



Terre Sauvage Magazine cover - June 2018 Photo: Terre Sauvage

Terre Sauvage Special Edition – IUCN 70th Anniversary

IUCN and the Terre Sauvage Magazine editorial team collaborated to create a special edition commemorating the Union’s 70th Anniversary by featuring some of its flagship projects and partnerships around the world. Terre Sauvage distributed the issue, titled Plaidoyer pour la Nature – Union international pour la conservation de la nature: 70 ans d’actions et d’engagements, to its subscribers and on newsstands throughout France and in other French-speaking countries in June 2018.  


The impact of IUCN resolutions on international conservation efforts : an overviewThe impact of IUCN resolutions on international conservation efforts : an overview

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.


IUCN corporate brochureIUCN corporate brochure

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.


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  • IRUKA sings to the 2,000-strong crowd. Photo: Japan National Committee of IUCN Members

    IRUKA marks 70 years of IUCN with special concert


    To commemorate IUCN’s 70th anniversary, IUCN Goodwill Ambassador IRUKA performed a concert at the Stellar Theater at Kawaguchi Lake in Yamanashi, Japan on 21 July.

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    IUCN 70th Anniversary celebrations in Halifax, Canada


    IUCN Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation (IPO) Members and non-members attending the Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods conference in Halifax, celebrated IUCN’s 70th Anniversary on 30 May 2018.

  • Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, President of the ILC Photo: Pace University

    ICEL and WCEL Dinner Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the UN International Law Commission


    The annual dinner, now hosted by the International Council of Environmental Law and WCEL, was held on 25 May in New York City to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and its contributions to the field of...

  • Cake cutting event at the BIOPAMA Pacific regional inception workshop Photo: IUCN Oceania

    Celebrating conservation milestones


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) celebrated their respective anniversaries at the welcoming event for the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA)...

  • Photo: ©IUCN/Sakib Ahmed

    Bangladesh National Committee of IUCN Members celebrates the World Environment Day 2018 in Dhaka


    On 5 June 2018, the Bangladesh National Committee of IUCN Members organised a symposium to celebrate World Environment Day at the National Press Club in Dhaka. The presenters at the symposium discussed the theme of this year’s World Environment Day (“Beat...


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