IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organizations. It harnesses the experience and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organizations. Throughout its 16-year membership at IUCN, APN has pushed for the adoption of several resolutions towards natural resources protection and enhancing accountability and redress mechanisms for environmental crimes during armed conflict, especially in West Asia.
- In 2019, an APN initiative succeeded in holding Israel accountable for its environmental violations in the 2006 oil spill, using IUCN Resolution 3.046.
- In 2019, APN participated in a panel discussion on IUCN strategy for the next four years at the 9th IUCN Regional Conference in Kuwait.
- In 2016, APN was elected to a four-year term on the IUCN West Asia Regional Committee.
In 2016, APN participated in the IUCN World Conservation Congress hosted by the State of Hawaii, led the submission of an urgent motion on ‘Enhancing Conservation in War-Torn West Asia’ and succeeded in including the region’s needs in the IUCN 4-year Work Plan.
In 2008, APN pushed for the endorsement of Resolution (CGR4.MOT119.) on liability and compensation mechanisms for environmental crimes during armed conflicts. Similarly, in 2004, APN presented a motion on conservation in regions undergoing violent conflict in West Asia – strengthening IUCN’s ability to protect the natural and human environment. The motion passed as Resolution 3.046.