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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

Presentation to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Thematic discussion on the challenge posed by
emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment
and ways to deal with it effectively

Vienna, Austria, 23  April, 2013

John E. Scanlon
Secretary-General CITES

Thank you Ambassador Mabongo, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates.

CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment’ for Combating Wildlife Crime (15 April 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 in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article

La CoP16 de la CITES, Bangkok 2013: Un tournant dans la lutte contre la criminalité liée aux espèces sauvages

La 16e session de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (CoP16 de la CITES), réunie à Bangkok, Thaïlande, du 3 au 14 mars 2013, a pris des mesures décisives pour enrayer l’escalade inquiétante de l’abattage illégal d’éléphants et de rhinocéros d’Afrique et de la contrebande de leur ivoire et de leurs cornes, thème du présent article.

CITES Secretary-General welcomes UN tourism and crime agencies call on travelers to play a role in reducing demand for illicit goods including illegal wildlife products

On 8 April 2013, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) agreed to launch a campaign calling on tourists to help reduce demand for illicit goods and services linked to transnational organized crime.

ICCWC delivers specialized training for law enforcement officers

Cutting-edge training in investigation techniques has been delivered to wildlife law enforcement officials across Asia, helping them in their battle to halt transnational organized wildlife and forest crime.

Wildlife under threat - time to act (3 March 2013)

With numbers as low as 2,000 in 1973, when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed, the population is now more than 19,000. More than 90 percent of these animals are in South Africa as a result of both public and private management efforts, for which CITES provides a framework.

Opening Statement by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Bangkok, Thailand, 3 March 2013

Your Excellency Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra
Chair of the CITES Standing Committee, Øystein Størkersen
Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner
Distinguished delegates

Sawasdee krup.  Welcome.

Tackling the illegal trade in wild animals is a matter of global urgency (1 March 2013)

Illegal trade in wildlife has now reached a scale that poses an immediate risk to wildlife and to people. Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic spike in the poaching and illegal trade in elephants and rhinos. In 2011 an estimated 25,000 elephants were poached across Africa and in South Africa alone 668 rhinos were lost to poachers in 2012.