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Background on the issuance of CITES permits in respect of the export of rhinoceros horn

The Secretariat has received questions from CITES Parties and journalists, as well as messages of concern from the general public, regarding measures proposed by the Republic of South Africa1 relating to the domestic trade and the export for personal purposes of rhinoceros horn, or a part, product or derivative of such rhinoceros horn, belonging to certain rhinos from four species.

Unprecedented show of support for wildlife on UN World Wildlife Day

People around the world, particularly the youth, celebrate wildlife during the world’s
most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife

International workshop follows up CITES CoP17 decisions on tree species

Twenty-eight delegates from 15 CITES Parties participated at the International workshop on tree species in CITES, in La Antigua, Guatemala, from 7-9 February 2017.

The workshop aimed to build capacities to strengthen the implementation of CITES for listed tree species; to highlight the importance of CITES for regulating international trade in products of CITES-listed tree species; to strengthen CITES implementation in a framework of international cooperation, thus ensuring that trade in products of tree species is legal, sustainable and traceable.

CITES pays tribute to Dr Wolfgang Burhenne

With great sadness the CITES Secretariat must report the death of Dr Wolfgang Burhenne, one of the main architects of CITES.

Media invited to register for the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES in South Africa


Media invited to register for the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES in South Africa


The 183rd Party to CITES: Tonga

26 August 2016:  The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Kingdom of Tonga as the 183rd Party to CITES.

Current rules on commercial international trade in elephant ivory under CITES and Proposals to CITES CoP17

Statement by the CITES Secretariat

21 July, 2016


One month left to register to attend CITES CoP17 - the World Wildlife Conference!

Regional joint preparatory meetings for CITES CoP17 and CBD COP13

Regional joint preparatory meetings for CITES and CBD
meetings of CoP and COP/MOP in 2016

Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean / Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific / Oceania

Kenya is set to burn 105 tonnes of ivory – what does CITES, the world’s wildlife trade regulator, say?

The CITES Secretary-General will be amongst the special guests attending the ivory burn
on 30 April in Nairobi hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta