meeting of the Conference of the Parties
The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties was officially
opened by Prime Minister of Thailand H.E. Mr
Thaksin Shinawatra on the afternoon of 2 October 2004 following
opening statements by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
of Thailand H.E. Mr Suwit Khunkitti,
CITES Standing Committee Chairman Mr Kenneth
Stansell, UNEP Executive Director Dr Klaus
Töpfer, and CITES Secretary-General Mr Willem Wijnstekers.
This is being at the Queen
Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, and is
scheduled to close on 14 October 2004.
The meeting was preceded by the sixth
dialogue meeting of the African elephant range States and the
51st meeting of the CITES
Working documents, proposals
to amend Appendices I and II and the comments
from the Parties and comments and recommendations from the Secretariat
on the amendment proposals are available on this site.
For representatives from the media, please check the press
kit which has a brief introduction to each proposal to be debated
at the meeting. Media
accreditation procedure and the form
can be downloaded from this site. Please see also the media
accreditation criteria of the United Nations.
Travel and MKI Conference Management Inc. (MKI) has been appointed
the official travel agent for the meeting. Any delegate who wishes
to book accommodation through MKI should fill in and mail or fax
the attached form directly to MKI. For further information or to
make a hotel reservation please consult MKI's
ATTA, the Association of Thai Travel Agents, is the official local
travel agent for excursions and tours before, during and after CoP13.
You are invited to take a look at the Web
pages they have set up for information on their offers in relation
to this event.
Parties are reminded that national organizations that wish to
participate must be approved in advance by the Management Authority
of the State in which they are located, in accordance with the provisions
of Rule 2, paragraph 2. b), of the Rules of Procedure of meetings
of the Conference of the Parties. The names of the observers from
these organizations, and evidence of the approval of the Management
Authority, must be submitted by 2 September 2004, in accordance
with Rule 3, paragraph 5.