UN Security Council condemns devastation of natural heritage and notes that poaching and trafficking of wildlife are a factor that fuels the crisis in the Central African Republic

Geneva, 11 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council has condemned the devastation of natural heritage in the Central African Republic and noted that poaching and trafficking of wildlife were among the factors that fuel the crisis in that country in its Resolution 2121 (2013). With this Resolution, adopted at its 7042nd meeting on 10 October 2013, the UN Security Council has also reinforced and updated the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in that country, and called for a political resolution to the conflict.

In May 2013 CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon expressed grave concerns over the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic, after forest elephants were massacred in a World Heritage Site in the south-western corner of the country bordering Cameroon and the Congo (see more).

See also:

Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – A multidimensional crime and a growing challenge to the international community
Remarks by Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General at High Level Event on Illicit Wildlife Trafficking
Wildlife crimes and punishments
UN Secretary-General’s report on Central Africa links illegal ivory trade to the Lord’s Resistance Army
CITES Secretary-General calls for urgent action to protect elephants in the Dzanga-Sanga National Park from armed groups
CITES welcomes United Nations Security Council call to investigate links between elephant poaching, ivory 
smuggling and illicit financing of the LRA

Demanding that Lord’s Resistance Army End All Attacks, Security Council, Calls for Full Implementation of Regional Strategy in Central Africa (document SC/11018)
Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and on the Lord’s Resistance Army-affected areas (document S/2013/297)
Statement by the President of the Security Council (document S/PRST/2012/28)
Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and on areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army, (document S/2012/923)
CITES Secretary-General expresses grave concern over reports of mass elephant killings in Cameroon
CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime