IUCN Climate Crisis Commission launches at COP27

IUCN Climate Crisis Commission launches at COP27
The Climate Crisis Commission will mobilise and coordinate efforts to address climate change undertaken across IUCN

On 15 November in Week Two of COP27 a new IUCN Climate Crisis Commission (CCC) was launched in a livestreamed session in the Nature Zone pavilion. The CCC mission is to push forward efforts by IUCN Committees and civil society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union of government and civil society organisations that provides global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. The CCC will bring together the best available scientific evidence coming from the IPCC, as well as actions and initiatives that are developed in the UNFCCC and through the Global Climate Action Agenda, to find convergence between climate and nature and between the different sectors of society.

“We can’t deal with climate over here, and biodiversity loss over there. These two crises are interlinked” Stewart Maginnis, Deputy Director General at IUCN

The session on November 15 that launched the CCC was led by global leader of Climate & Energy at WWF, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, with participation of leaders from other IUCN commissions to find synergies and support climate goals. Highlighting that the work of the CCC begins immediately, Stewart Maginnis introduced the panel session, and highlighted the need to work to include nature-based solutions in the formal cover decision at COP27.

IUCN Commissions bring 18,000 scientists and experts together to provide the Union and its Members with knowledge, policy advice and thought leadership to help drive conservation action and sustainable development. The CCC will mobilise and coordinate efforts across the IUCN’s six other Commissions, which include environmental, economic and social policy; ecosystem management; species survival; environmental law; protected areas; and education and communication.

Watch the COP27 launch session recording, IUCN Climate Crisis Commission: Addressing the Nature & Climate Intertwined Crises., on Youtube