Secretary-General of CITES

The Secretary-General’s statement on the postponement of CoP18

The Secretariat regrets to announce that the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee, are being postponed. This decision has been taken out of respect for the victims of the recent attacks and the recognition by the Standing Committee, the Secretariat and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security of the time needed for the Government of Sri Lanka to address the current situation in the country.

CITES Secretary-General's statement on the attacks in Sri Lanka

The Secretariat expresses its heartfelt condolences to the people of Sri Lanka for the loss of lives and many injuries following the bomb blasts that struck churches and hotels today.  
The Secretariat is in contact with the Sri Lankan Government and is monitoring the situation closely.

Opening remarks of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade

21 March 2019, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Honorable Minister General Surasak Karnjanarat, distinguished delegates from ASEAN member States, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Message for the next World Wildlife Conference - CITES CoP18

Ivonne Higuero, CITES Secretary-General

Statement by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Early reflections on eight years as Secretary-General of CITES, 2010-2018

CITES Secretary-General's Keynote address at the 37th Session of the Enforcement Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO) - Brussels, Belgium

“Customs Enforcement: Securing Trade and Travel”

Keynote address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

19 March 2018


Committee Chair, Abigail Bradshaw, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

We Can Stop the Poaching of Big Cats. Here’s How - External link to CITES Secretary-General's Op Ed

Just seven years ago in India’s magnificent Manas National Park, there were no tigers to speak of, just a few remnants of a population wiped out after decades of civil unrest that left the park’s wildlife vulnerable to persecution.

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the 12th IATA World Cargo Symposium - Dallas, Texas, USA

12th IATA World Cargo Symposium

Dallas, 13 March 2018

‘Air cargo and the fight against illegal wildlife trade’

Keynote address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

CITES Secretary-General's opening remarks at UN World Wildlife Day 2018 Global Celebration - UN Headquarters, New York

UN World Wildlife Day 2018. Big Cats: Predators Under Threat!

Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon, Moderator and CITES Secretary-General

2 March 2018


Deputy Secretary-General, Excellences, Distinguished guests, friends of wildlife!