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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

Concrete measures agreed to tackle illicit trafficking in Siamese rosewood

Government of Thailand hosts the 2nd Regional Dialogue on Preventing
Illegal Logging and Trade of Siamese Rosewood

CITES highlights its contribution to sustainable forest management on International Day of Forests 2016

Today is the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, and home to more than 80% of all known terrestrial species of animals and plants. They play a vital role in storing water, regulating climate, preserving soils and nurturing biodiversity, and provide important economic and social services. 

CITES Secretary-General's statement on outcomes of World Wildlife Day 2016

The global community observed UN World Wildlife Day for the third time on 3 March 2016 with countries and people from right across the globe rallying around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands”.

This special day for wildlife on the UN calendar has once again given the world a chance to reconnect with our planet’s wild side and to acknowledge our collective responsibility to bring illegal wildlife trade to an end.

Call for entries: poster design contest for World Wildlife Day 2016

The 182nd Party to CITES: Tajikistan

19 January 2016:  The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Tajikistan as the 182nd Party to CITES.
Tajikistan is situated in Central Asia, bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.

Opening remarks by Chairman of the Standing Committee at the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

Opening Remarks
by Mr Øystein Størkersen, Chairman of the Standing Committee

at the Sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee

Geneva (Switzerland), 11 January 2016

First Deputy Minister Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia's welcoming remarks at the 22nd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee

22nd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee

19 – 23 October 2015


Welcoming remarks by Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister


Distinguished Secretary General, Mr. John Scanlon, Chair of the Plant’s Committee, Madam Margarita Clemente,

Distinguished Committee Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Guests,

CITES and Trade Agreements – Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development - CITES Secretary-General's Op Ed

Global trade in wild animal and plant species, including fish and timber, is on the rise - both legal and illegal. Legal and sustainable trade in certain species, such as the wool of the vicuna or the bark of the African cherry tree, can benefit people and wildlife.