CITES Strategic vision


In 2000, CITES Parties first came together to adopt a Strategic Vision through 2005. The Strategic Vision has since been updated to reflect international developments. The current version of the Vision is found in the Annex to Resolution Conf. 16. 3 (Rev. CoP17). The twofold purpose of the Strategic Vision is to improve the working of the Convention, so that international trade in wild fauna and flora is conducted at sustainable levels; and to ensure that CITES policy developments are mutually supportive of international environmental priorities and take into account new international initiatives, consistent with the terms of the Convention.

Moving forward

Conscious of the fact that the present CITES Strategic Vision expires after the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2019, the Standing Committee has established an intersessional Strategic Plan Working Group to submit a proposal for a new Strategic Vision after 2020.

The membership and mandate of the working group can be found here.

Evolution of the Strategic Vision

CITES Parties first adopted a Strategic Vision through 2005 and an accompanying Action Plan at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Gigiri, 2000), through Decision 11.1. It was extended until 2007 and at the 13th meeting at the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok. 2004), through Decision 13.1. The Conference of the Parties, at its 14th meeting (The Hague, 2007), adopted a new CITES Strategic Vision: 2008-2013 through Resolution Conf. 14.2. This Resolution was replaced at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok, 2013) by Resolution Conf. 16.3 which extended it to 2020 and added some amendments to reference the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The CITES Strategic Vision: 2008-2020 was further amended at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Johannesburg, 2016) to make reference to the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.