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

Over the past 24 months we have seen a number of countries, including Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong SAR, China, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA, destroy stockpiles of illegally traded elephant ivory and rhino horn that have been seized and confiscated.
CBD CoP12 side event Does biodiversity matter for development? EU's Development Cooperation launches its B4Life Flagship Initiative Opening Statement John E Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES (Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt) 
ITTO-CITES: Working together to sustain tropical tree species Opening Statement   John E Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES (Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt)  Side event at 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea,  15 October 2014  
As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature.
High-level Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community " A joint event of the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany United Nations Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2014 Welcome and Opening Remarks by co-Hosts H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic. H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic Dvůr Králové Zoo John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 21 September 2014 Hon. Richard Brabec, Minister for the EnvironmentDr. Přemysl Rabas, Director of Dvůr Králové ZooMs. Monika Leova  and Mr. Tony FitzjohnDistinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of the Czech Republic and the Dvůr Králové Zoo for inviting me to witness the destruction of confiscated rhino horn today – which I understand is the first time such a public event has taken place in Europe.
Message of the CITES CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, to the SPREP regional preparatory meeting for the Conference of the Parties of CBD, CMS and Ramsar Convention
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2014   World Ranger Day honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants.  It was first observed in 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF).   
Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General at the Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee Geneva (Switzerland), 7 July 2014 Thank you Chair and I would like to join with you in extending a very warm welcome to the Standing Committee Members, their alternates, Party Observers, and Inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and the private sector.  To those distinguished participants who are observing the month of fasting, I wish to say Ramadan Kareem and wish you a happy and blessed month. -----