Secretary-General of CITES

CITES Secretary-General's statement at CoP11 of the Convention on Migratory Species

CITES and the CMS share common origins, have complementary mandates, and enjoy longstanding and deepening programmatic collaboration. It was IUCN that first called for these two conventions in the early 1960’s. This call was heeded and enshrined in recommendations adopted at the UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, which led to CITES and the CMS being adopted within the decade – CITES in 1973 and the CMS in 1979.

CITES and confiscated elephant ivory and rhino horn – to destroy or not destroy?

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.

Does biodiversity matter for development? EU's Development Cooperation launches its B4Life Flagship Initiative

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

ITTO-CITES: Working together to sustain tropical tree species

Opening Statement
 

John E Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES

(Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt) 

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How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity

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.

Summary of the High-level Discussion at United Nations Headquarters - Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community

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

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic

The recovery of the CITES-listed African black and white rhino populations in the wild over the past few decades, after being hunted close to extinction, is a great conservation success story – and for the first seven years of this century poaching levels had remained low at around ten a year.

After 2007, however, a sharp upward trend in poaching started to emerge – a trend that has continued to the point where over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn in South Africa alone in 2013 and over 700 killed so far this year.

CITES Secretary General's message to the Workshop on Implementing New CITES Shark Listings, Chennai, India

CITES Secretary-General's message to SPREP regional meeting on CBD, CMS and Ramsar

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

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