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Ensuring a healthy natural resource base into the future requires effective governance at local, national and global levels. WWF engages with partners across the world to build local and national development plans that ensure sustainable natural resource use and human well-being for current and future generations.  WWF also engages on international instruments – such as conventions, commissions, agreements and treaties – for strong international laws and policies that drive the sustainable management, equitable use, and adequate protection of biodiversity and natural resources.
 
From global to local level,  WWF is active in a variety of governance settings, where we:
  • provide advice and technical information on relevant issues
  • demonstrate concrete actions governments can take
  • advocate for stronger laws and regulations and their implementation
  • help governments to implement their commitments under international conventions/commissions and follow their progress
  • build civil society capacity to effectively contribute to sustainable natural resource governance
WWF engaged strongly in the successful negotiations of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate agreement and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for sustainable development.  We were also involved in the creation of some conventions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), and Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships.

WWF will focus on integrated development approaches linking economic, social and environmental issues together and will work in particular with governments and other stakeholders to implement and monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . We will also work to reduce  environmental crime and corruption, as well as to promote environmental rights and community stewardship . WWF aims to increase the socio-economic impact of conservation work by  building on international human rights and indigenous peoples rights commitments, and by taking a gender and poverty reduction perspective in our conservation work.  Click here for more information on our social principles and policies.

Major conventions, commissions, and other fora that we work with include:

Species & biodiversity
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- International Whaling Commission (IWC)
- Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Climate
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Paris Climate Agreement

Fisheries
- Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs)
- UN Fish Stocks Agreement
- UN Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS)
- FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI)

Freshwater
- Ramsar Convention
- UN Watercourses Convention
- UNECE Water Convention
- World Commission on Dams

Shipping
- Convention on Ballast Water Management
- Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships
- Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
- International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Governance: Expected Outcomes

Measurable progress is made on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and targets, and robust, transparent governance and policy mechanisms are in place for priority programmatic objectives.

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