Statements made by Mr John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Wildlife now has its own special day on the United Nations calendar. On 3 March we will for the first time ever celebrate World Wildlife Day. The 3rd of March is the opportunity for all of us - no matter who we are or where we are - to celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet with. While we cherish wildlife in its own right we should not forget that it also contributes to our personal well-being - from food to medicine – from culture to recreation.
London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife 12 to 13 February 2014 Intervention by John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES    We would like to thank the UK Government, and the British Royal Family, for their leadership and for the open and inclusive process that preceded today’s Conference.   In his inspirational speech last night, the UK Secretary of State, the Hon. William Hague, noted that “this problem is caused by man”.  In the few moments I have available to speak, I would like to focus on the human element.   There are perhaps three human traits that are driving this illegal trade: greed; ignorance and indifference.    
‘The international dimension to illicit wildlife trafficking – an Overview’ Symposium: International Wildlife Trafficking London, 11-12 February, 2014 A United for Wildlife event hosted by Zoological Society of London John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat Abstract of Presentation For domestic or international trade in wildlife to be described as ‘illicit wildlife trafficking’ [1], it must contravene either domestic or international law (or both).
  SUSTAINABILITY AT THE INTERSECTION OF TRADE, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENTUNCTAD-CITES-OAS Side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group onSustainable Development Goals
I would like to express my thanks to the Chinese Government for inviting me to Guangzhou today and to share some brief remarks with you this afternoon. Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a problem worldwide. There is strong evidence of the increased involvement of organized crime syndicates - and on some occasions rebel militia - in certain wildlife crimes that are operating through well-developed criminal networks. This has changed the dynamics of combating this highly destructive criminal activity, in particular as it relates to the African elephant.
2nd BioTrade Congress   Opening Session - Future perspectives for the post 2015 development 11-13 December 2013, Geneva, Switzerland   Key note address   John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES   Mr.Mukhisa Kituyi  - Secretary-General of UNCTAD   Mr. Guillermo Valles - Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities   Mr. Hans-Peter Egler - Head of the Division on Trade Promotion, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland  
Libreville, Gabon, 25 November, 2013 Keynote address by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General ITTO and CITES – Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Timber Species Chair and Vice Chair of the International Tropical Timber Council Senator Jorge Viana Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Thank you for the kind invitation to join you today and please allow me to acknowledge and to thank the Government of Gabon for hosting this 49th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC).
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic   October, 2013   Statement of John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES President Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic.   Vice Prime Minister, Sarpashev, Chair of the Forum Organizing Committee.   Distinguished delegates from across the 12 Range States of the snow leopard.   Friends and colleagues from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and in particular the Forum co-organizers.   -----
(SBSTTA-17 side-event N° 2979)   Statement by CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon   16 October 2013  
HE Dr Zulkifli Hasan Minister of Forestry Ministry of Forestry Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 8, Jalan Gatot Subroto Jakarta 10270 Indonesia. Your excellency,   Thank you very much for the kind invitation to attend the First Asian Rhino Range States Meeting. Unfortunately, my travel plans do not allow me to join you in person but I would like to extend a warm welcome to the participants and to congratulate the Government of Indonesia for its leadership and for driving this important initiative. A rhinoceros killed by poachers in India. (AFP pic)

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