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Review of Resolution Conf. 10.9 on Consideration of proposals for the transfer of African elephant populations from Appendix I to Appendix II

Review of Resolution Conf. 10.9 on Consideration of proposals for the transfer of African elephant populations from Appendix I to Appendix II
 
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16.160 The Standing Committee shall establish a working group to review Resolution Conf. 10.9 as appropriate, and present its proposals at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The working group shall work in collaboration and consultation with all African elephant range States. To the extent possible, the working group will operate in English and French.

 

Annotations

Annotations
 
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16.161 Acknowledging that, at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Parties agreed to include definitions of terms in annotations in the Interpretation section of the Appendices as an interim measure until a final decision is reached, the Standing Committee shall examine the issue of where definitions of terms in annotations should be included permanently and make a recommendation in that regard.

Enforcement matters

Enforcement matters
 
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16.39 At its 65th meeting, the Standing Committee shall initiate a process to assess implementation and enforcement of the Convention as it relates to the trade in species listed in Appendix I. The Committee shall report its findings at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES.

Disposal of illegally-traded and confiscated specimens of Appendix-I, -II and -III species

Disposal of illegally-traded and confiscated specimens of Appendix-I, -II and -III species
 
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16.47 The Standing Committee shall review Resolutions Conf. 9.9, Conf. 9.10 (Rev. CoP15) and Conf. 10.7 (Rev. CoP15) with a view to determining whether to consolidate any of their provisions or simplify their provisions, and shall report its conclusions and recommendations at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Electronic permitting

Electronic permitting
 
Directed to the Stamding Committee
16.54 The Standing Committee shall extend the mandate of its Working Group on Information Technologies and Electronic Systems in order for it to perform the following tasks:
  a)  collaborate with the CITES Secretariat in the drafting of funding proposals related to the development of CITES e-permitting systems;
  b)  work with the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business, the World Customs Organization and other relevant organizations to ensure that CITES e-permits are aligned with international trade standards and norms;
  c)  collaborate with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre to further develop the Electronic Permit Information eXchange to act as a clearing-house of CITES e-permits and certificates and to offer Parties in developing regions a ready-to-use electronic CITES permitting system;
  d)  work with the CITES Secretariat to ensure that the CITES toolkit is updated as necessary; and
  e)  support the participation in the Working Group of developing countries party to CITES.

 

Decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory

Decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory
 
Directed to the Stamding Committee
16.55 The Standing Committee shall:
  a)  with the assistance of the Secretariat, propose for approval at the latest at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) a decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory under the auspices of the Conference of the Parties;
  b)  at its 64th meeting, establish a working group, composed of the Chair of the Standing Committee, specified key Party stakeholders and the Secretariat, to implement the instruction in paragraph a) of the present Decision. The working group shall work intersessionally and take into consideration relevant documents submitted at previous meetings of the Standing Committee and the findings and comments in document CoP16 Doc. 36 (Rev. 1), and consult additional experts or stakeholders, if considered necessary. The Standing Committee shall consider the findings and recommendations of the working group at its 65th meeting, decide on further actions as required, and agree on a final proposal at its 66th meeting for submission at CoP17; and
  c)  conduct its work on the development of a decision making mechanism in consultation with all African and Asian elephant range States and, to the extent possible, in both English and French.

 

Great apes (Hominidae spp.)

Great apes (Hominidae spp.)
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.67 The Standing Committee, assisted by the Secretariat, and in consultation with interested Parties, GRASP, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Animals Committee and other bodies as appropriate, review Resolution Conf. 13.4 (Rev. CoP16), with a view to establishing an illegal trade reporting mechanism, and present a summary of its consultations and its recommendations at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.9 The Standing Committee shall, at its 65th meeting and on the basis of a review from the Secretariat, assess the functioning of the conflict of interest policy set out in paragraph c) under Regarding representation in the Animals and Plants Committees of Resolution Conf. 11.1 (Rev. CoP16), and make recommendations for refining the definition of conflict of interest, if appropriate, and for a mechanism to deal with such conflicts, having reference to such mechanisms developed in other multilateral environmental agreements or relevant international organizations and bodies, for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

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