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Five Caribbean countries renew commitment to enacting effective CITES legislation

ICCWC launches report of the First Global Meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks and prepares strategy for continued support


The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) convened the world's Wildlife Enforcement Networks for the first time in the margins of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

G8 Leaders commit to fight against illegal trafficking in wildlife

CITES addresses WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

The Committee on Trade and Environment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was held on 5 June 2013 in Geneva. The CITES Secretariat was invited to speak on the issue of trade in wildlife to highlight its role in the debate on the relationship between trade and environment.

UN Security Council urges regional cooperation to tackle Lord’s Resistance Army threat, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling

CITES promotes effective solutions for coordinated border controls of wildlife and its products at World Customs Organization Conference

Geneva, 14 May 2013: The CITES Secretary-General was invited to address as a keynote speaker the 2013 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 14 to 16 May.

2013 WCO IT Conference & Exhibition:

Explore the ways that modern information and communications technology can lead to
exciting possibilities for a whole-of-government approach at the border

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

14 to 16 May 2013

Keynote Address

John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General

CITES at 40 Marks a Major Decision Point for Sharks, Trees, Snakes, Turtles and other Wildlife Species (9 May 2013)

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held March 2013 in Bangkok, will be remembered as a defining moment in the 40 year history of the Convention

CITES Secretary-General welcomes adoption of UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice draft resolution recognizing wildlife crime as a serious crime

   On 26 April 2013, the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) adopted a revised draft resolution on    “Crime prevention and criminal justice responses to illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora” (E/CN.15/2013/L.20/Rev).

CITES Secretary-General engages IUCN Commissions in the fight against wildlife crime

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