The Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization has made significant progress in 2012, in regard to the setup of organizational structures, the preparatory measures for the founding conference and the tendering process for the host country. The Commission has thereby laid a firm foundation for the organization’s establishment.
An overwhelming majority of states support the concept of founding an intergovernmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservancy, and states also pledged their support and prospective membership. Questions regarding environmental and climatic protection are central for sustainable development. Future energy systems, renewable energy sources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – all this is part of a presence which directly decides our future and the future of the Earth. Internationally, development towards “green economies” is a priority theme.
The opportunities for the international community of states which result from a move to “green economies”, offer extremely large and sustained impulses and perspectives for their national economies, in particular for emerging and developing countries.
The treaty for the formation of the World Nature Organization is a milestone for a sustainable, global development and – in accordance with Article IV – all the governments and intergovernmental organizations are able to participate. The WNO treaty is open for signature since November 2013.
Once the WNO treaty enters into force, there will be organizational changes. The Preparatory Commission will cease to exist. In its place, the World Nature Organization (WNO) will be established. The provisional technical secretariat will cease to exist and be replaced by a secretariat.