Thailand signs agreement to host
The Ambassador of Thailand to the United Nations Office at Geneva,
S.E.M. Chaiyong SATJIPANON, and the Secretary General of the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora (CITES), Willem Wijnstekers, signed a Memorandum of Understanding
on 23 April 2004 in Geneva that prepares the way for the hosting
of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES
The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to CITES (CoP13) will be held at the Conference Centre "Queen
Sirikit National Convention Center", from 2 to 14 October
2004. CITES CoP meetings are held about every three years and
attract up to two thousand government delegates, experts, NGOs
representatives and journalists.
Mr Wijnstekers expressed his gratitude to the Thai
Government for agreeing to host this event, which, he declared,
"is of major importance to wildlife conservation worldwide".