The Secretariat has around 900 staff in more than 50 countries. Seventy percent of staff members are from developing countries.

Accountable to the IUCN Council, the Secretariat is led by a Director General. The Secretariat has a decentralized structure with regional, outpost, country and project offices around the world. IUCN’s headquarters are in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.

Regional Offices

Each operational region is led by a director who reports to the Director General. The eight regional offices implement IUCN’s programme in their respective territories. Country offices report to their respective region; outpost offices in Malaga and Washington report to headquarters. 

Corporate Support

This area groups together teams responsible for constituency support, strategic partnerships and donor relations, communications, human resources, legal service, finance, oversight and information management.

Global Programme

Our work is guided by the IUCN Programme


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