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World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

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Remarks of Ambassador Olof Skoog, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations at the high-level event to celebrate World Wildlife Day at the UN Headquarters in New York

3 March 2020


2020 is a pivotal year for global biodiversity policy. The world is to agree in October in China on a new set of goals for the next Decade after we have failed to reach almost all the 2020 targets.

The stakes are high. According to the World Economic Forum, half of the global GDP – approximately €40 trillion – is dependent on nature. Yet, onemillion species are on the threat of extinction.

CITES Tree Species Programme launches dedicated website

Finalists Announced for World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

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UN issues stamps celebrating CITES-listed migratory species

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In support of World Wildlife Day 2020: IFAW joins CITES and UNDP to sponsor Global Youth Art Contest



CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero met key ministries in China to discuss CITES compliance and enforcement

China in the process of raising protection level of pangolins in its domestic law

New CITES Appendices as amended at CoP18 and new suites of Resolutions and Decisions enter into force

Geneva, 26 November 2019 –  In accordance with Article XV of the Convention and Resolution Conf. 4.6 (Rev. CoP18) respectively, the amendments to the CITES Appendices as adopted at CoP18 (17-28 August 2019, Geneva) and the new, revised and continued Resolutions and Decisions adopted at CoP18 enter into force today, namely 90 days after that meeting for all Parties except those which make reservations in accordance with paragraph 3 of  Article XV in the case of the Appendices.

CITES publishes ambitious programme of work for 2020-2022

Geneva, 7 November 2019 – The CITES Secretariat published today the full suite of Decisions adopted at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) held in Geneva, Switzerland from 17 to 28 August 2019.

CITES Secretary-General commends outcomes of first high level conference on illegal wildlife trade in the Americas

Geneva/Lima, 4 October 2019 – Whilst poaching and wildlife trafficking in Africa and Asia have attracted considerable media and public attention in the past few years, far less has been heard about illegal wildlife trade in the Americas. Yet all is not well in this most biodiversity-rich region on our planet.