Secretary-General of CITES

Message of CITES Secretary-General for World Environment Day 2019

We share our planet with millions of species of wild animals and plants. We drink the same water as they do, enjoy (or survive) the same weather, and breathe the same air. Every year on World Environment Day, we acknowledge the need to protect our natural environment for the benefit of humankind. But let us at the same time also remember how our actions affect other species and the ecosystems that they create.

Message of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero for International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2019

International Day for Biological Diversity is a day to celebrate all the forms of life with which we share this planet. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity for humankind.

CITES Secretary-General's update on the postponement of CITES CoP18

I wish to inform Parties and interested stakeholders about the latest developments for CITES CoP18 that was scheduled to be held from 23 May to 3 June 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the postponement as announced on 26 April via Notification to the Parties No. 2019/025.

Statement by the members of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions

Seventh session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7)

(delivered by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero on behalf of BLG members)

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 29 April 2019


Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention)

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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