IUCN North America works with the United States and Canadian governments and members to help align conservation policies, provide platforms among other means of sharing lessons learned/best practices within the region and globally, and mobilize conservation resources to benefit conservation efforts in region and globally.
IUCN runs several thematic programmes within the North American Office, including initiatives related to ecosystem-based adaptation, forest landscape restoration, gender, governance and rights, and biodiversity assessments. In addition, coordinators for the Sargasso Sea Commission are based in the North American Office.
IUCN-United States is a partner organization to IUCN, incorporated in 1986 in the District of Columbia with a 501(c)(3) charitable status under U.S. law and is legally distinct from IUCN. IUCN-US provides financial support to both IUCN and other partner organization with similar missions in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It has been supporting IUCN, and its network of members and partners for over 25 years. By partnering with IUCN-US, IUCN is better able to channel U.S. funding opportunities to the Union.