Home / History


States which do not cause global warming are among the first to feel it. Such states argued for the establishment of an intergovernmental organization and expressed their overall support for the founding.

The WNO initiative was born in 2010 by states which are threatened by rising sea levels and increasing droughts. A Preparatory Commission was mandated in 2011 to take all possible measures to ensure the rapid and effective establishment of the intergovernmental organization. It initiates several activities and plays a key role in preparing the institutional structure as well as the treaty for the new agency.

The Preparatory Commission’s mandate was to prepare the establishment of the WNO, plan the structure of the organization and to work out the WNO Treaty, which was released in July 2012.

The WNO Treaty officially entered into force on 1st May 2014, in accordance with article XVII (3). Following the introduction of the WNO Treaty, the Preparatory Commission was dissolved and henceforth replaced by the WNO Secretariat. The staff of the commission will, therefore, be amalgamated with the Secretariat, effective immediately.

The World Nature Organization is the very first intergovernmental organization dedicated to environmental protection on a global scale.