The Washington D.C. Office is an outpost of IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, and houses core regional activities (i.e. those directly related to Members, partners, and policy initiatives in North America and Washington D.C.) as well as a collection of IUCN and partner programs with scopes beyond North America (see links to the left).
The U.S. Government and U.S.-based philanthropies and civil society organisations are critical contributors to global nature conservation and sustainable development. A major function of the Washington D.C. Office is developing partnerships with U.S.-based charitable foundations and U.S. Government agencies. In fact, several of IUCN’s Members are also donors. In preparation for the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Honolulu, Hawai'i, in September 2016, the Washington D.C. Office is focusing much of its capacity on cultivating support among IUCN members and funders in the U.S. One notable achievement has been securing funds that will allow representatives from dozens of IUCN Member organisations to attend and participate effectively in the Congress.