IUFRO is the global network for forest science cooperation, open to all individuals and organizations involved in forest research and forest related sciences. It is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-discriminatory organization with a long tradition dating back to 1892. IUFRO attains its objectives by networking activities including the generation, exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge and practices; by the provision of access to relevant information, and the assistance to scientists and institutions to strengthen their research capacities.

The vision of IUFRO is to be "The Global Voice of Forest Science Promoting a Sustainable Future of Forests and Society".

IUFRO's mission is to advance research excellence and knowledge sharing, and to foster the development of science-based solutions to forest-related challenges for the benefit of forests and people worldwide.

The post-2020 Strategy is an essential tool for IUFRO to guide and implement its activities in the years to come in order to further improve its position as the global network of forest science cooperation, knowledge sharing and policy support. It provides a framework for IUFRO's governing bodies, officeholders and the Headquarter for effectively responding to changing paradigms regarding forests and society, and for improving its preparedness for handling unfolding new futures.

IUFRO's institutional goals have been developed taking into account and reflecting our core values (Excellence, Networking, Diversity and Integrity). Each institutional goal features a number of objectives and associated activities. They will provide guidance to IUFRO's governing bodies, officeholders and the Headquarter. They will be reflected in any internal operational guidelines and documents.

Goal 1   Research Excellence: Strive for Quality, Relevance and Synergies
Goal 2   Network Cooperation: Improve Communication and Embrace Diversity
Goal 3   Impact: Enhance Visibility, Outreach and Education

A Strategy Action Plan has been developed as a tool for implementing the Strategy and monitoring progress. It includes more than 55 actions that will enable IUFRO's governing bodies, units, officeholders and HQ to effectively address the goals and objectives of the Strategy within the five-year period from 2020 to 2024.