Commissions

The six Commissions unite 10,000 volunteer experts from a range of disciplines. They assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide the Union with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.


Who does what ?

CEC drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.

CEESP provides expertise and policy advice on economic and social factors for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 

WCEL advances environmental law by developing new legal concepts and instruments, and by building the capacity of societies to employ environmental law for conservation and sustainable development. 

CEM provides expert guidance on integrated ecosystem approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems. 

SSC advises the Union on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. 

WCPA promotes the establishment and effective management of a worldwide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas.  


News

  • WCEL meeting to discuss the Global Pact Participants gathered in the New York Offices of UN Environment to discuss the Global Pact for the Environment Photo: WCEL

    IUCN WCEL Meeting to Advance the Global Pact for the Environment

    22.06.2018

    The Commission convened a small meeting of experts on 25 May in New York City to discuss how the environmental law community can proceed following adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 May 2018 setting in motion a process...

  • 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court Participants of the 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court on 5 June 2018 during the inaugural World Peace Forum in Caen, France. Photo: University of Caen Normandy

    Law, Climate, Geoengineering, and Indigenous Peoples: 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court

    20.06.2018

    The 4th Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court was hosted by the University of Caen Normandy (France) on 5 June to bring students, scholars, and jurists together in a simulation of a court proceeding before the International Court of Justice addressing the...

  • WCEL and UNFF MoU Signing Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin (WCEL Chair) with Manoel Sobral Filho (Director, United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat) and his team at UN Headquarters Photo: WCEL

    Drafting a Model Forest Act: WCEL Signs MoU with the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

    18.06.2018

    The WCEL Chair, Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, visited United Nations Headquarters to sign an MoU between WCEL and the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

  • ilc_70_anniv_logo Photo: WCEL

    ICEL and WCEL Dinner Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the UN International Law Commission

    17.06.2018

    The annual dinner, now hosted by the International Council of Environmental Law and WCEL, was held on 25 May in New York City to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and its contributions to the field of...

  • Breathing roots of Avicennia Photo: Sanjeewa Lellwala

    WCEL Ethics Specialist Group: Update June 2018

    17.06.2018

    The Ethics Specialist Group has published the first report in a series to highlight the ongoing efforts of WCEL Specialist Groups.

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