What is the IUCN Programme?

The IUCN Programme marks the culmination of many years of deliberation across the Union. The Nature 2030 IUCN Programme, for the first time, sets its ambition in a decadal timeframe (2021–2030) and is a call for mobilisation to the entire Union, through a high-level, strategic document that includes and invites contributions from the IUCN Members, Commissions and Secretariat.

This longer-term outlook ensures alignment with United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. In keeping with its own statutory cycles, the IUCN membership will have the opportunity to shape and approve, at the next sessions of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, a revised Nature 2030 IUCN Programme, building in turn from what will then be the adopted post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

IUCN Member organisations and institutions approved the IUCN Programme 2021-2024 through an electronic vote in February 2021.

Nature 2030: A Union in Action

In addition to providing a more inclusive and extended vision, the new Programme defines broad areas of work and sets aspirational targets as well as indicators to measure success. It will help the Union deliver concrete and tangible positive impacts to People, Land, Water, Oceans and Climate using five pathways to transformative change: RECOGNISE, RETAIN, RESTORE, RESOURCE and RECONNECT.

IUCN Nature 2030 Programme diagramme IUCN Nature 2030 Programme diagramme Photo: @IUCN


Programme Implementation

Reporting will be done against globally available indicators, particularly the Tier 1 SDG indicator and other authoritative indicators for measuring achievement of impact targets by 2030.

Following a request by the IUCN Members to have a Programme for the Union, reporting will go beyond the Secretariat and Commissions work and  include Members of IUCN who voluntarily report on what they are doing. Therefore, a digital platform will be developed so that all parts of the Union can showcase what they are doing to implement the Programme.

Important Note: both the pandemic and the issues it reveals regarding the linkages between nature and infectious disease emergence, and human health overall, will clearly impact the specifics of the Programme implementation. To ensure that these are adequately addressed, IUCN Members adopted an addendum to the Nature 2030 IUCN Programme 2021–2024 on the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and health on the IUCN Programme at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2021.

Financial Plan

The Financial Plan outlines the resources that the IUCN Secretariat expects to mobilise and spend in the delivery of the IUCN Programme 2021–2024 and to support the core Union and corporate functions of IUCN.

The Financial Plan has the following high-level objectives:

1. Support the implementation of the IUCN Programme 2021–2024

2. Provide funding to meet the statutory objectives of IUCN

3. Provide investment funding to enhance operational capacity

4. Ensure the financial sustainability of IUCN

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