Speeches and statements


  • IUCN Director General Inger Andersen delivers IUCN's official statement to UNFCCC COP23

    IUCN statement to UN Climate Change Conference 2017


    During the 16 November plenary session of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23), IUCN Director General Inger Andersen delivered IUCN’s official statement on nature’s valuable contributions in addressing climate change. Read the...

  • School of bar jack in the Tortugas ecological reserve

    IUCN Director General's statement on World Oceans Day


    Where did life on Earth begin? The fact is, no one really knows. Charles Darwin imagined a “warm little pond”, while some scientists today speculate about tide pools and hot springs. Increasingly, however, scientists are narrowing in on one hypothesis: that...

  • Malawi woman proud of her corn crop

    IUCN Director General's statement on World Environment Day


    Connecting people with nature isn’t just about getting to the park, to sea or the mountains, crucial as this might be. Connecting people with nature is also about recalling that nature has a relevance to absolutely everything we achieve, and want to achieve,...

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    IUCN Director General’s statement on the US announcement in regard to the Paris Agreement


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, deeply regrets the White House’s announcement that it will withdraw the United States government from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.  At the IUCN World Conservation Congress held...

  • Southern white rhinos grazing on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    IUCN Director General’s statement on International Day for Biological Diversity 2017


    How often do we credit our planet’s biological diversity with keeping us healthy, relaxed and inspired? Probably not often enough. Yet we all know it. Instinctively. We know that what we seek to relax: a walk in nature; a wonderful trip to the beach.  Or...


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