Gender equality and equity are matters of fundamental human rights and social justice, as well as a pre-condition for sustainable development and the achievement of IUCN’s mission.


How we engage

Recognising the value of gender equality and of women’s vital roles as decision makers, natural resource managers, stakeholders, caregivers and knowledge holders across sectors and at all levels is key to effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable environmental solutions.

IUCN champions a gender-responsive approach by providing capacity building and technical support across sectors. IUCN identifies and overcomes gender gaps to enable better natural resource governance and conservation.


  • Photo: Global Environment Facility

    A new online course builds capacity on gender and environment linkages


    At the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Vietnam, IUCN is pleased to join efforts in the launch of a free Open Online Course on Gender and the Environment. 

  • Photo: European Development Days

    Putting women and girls at the heart of conservation and climate action


    Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate action and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International agreements on biodiversity (CBD), sustainable development (Agenda 2030) and—most recently—...

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020


    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

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