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CITES Secretary-General’s statement at an event to crush confiscated elephant ivory

I would like to express my thanks to the Chinese Government for inviting me to Guangzhou today and to share some brief remarks with you this afternoon.
Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a problem worldwide.

There is strong evidence of the increased involvement of organized crime syndicates - and on some occasions rebel militia - in certain wildlife crimes that are operating through well-developed criminal networks. This has changed the dynamics of combating this highly destructive criminal activity, in particular as it relates to the African elephant.

UN General Assembly proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

Geneva, 23 December 2013 – On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

2nd meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Statement
of the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
 
10 December 2013
Mr Chairman,
 

CITES – standing at the intersection of trade, the environment and development

2nd BioTrade Congress
 
Opening Session - Future perspectives for the post 2015 development
11-13 December 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
 
Key note address
 
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES
 

Latin American and Caribbean Nations Work Together to Promote Sustainable Global Trade of Sharks

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Latin American and Caribbean Nations Work Together to Promote Sustainable Global Trade of Sharks

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, 4 December 2013 - More than 70 participants representing 28 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Recife, Brazil, from 2 to 4 December to participate in a workshop focused on the implementation of new measures for international trade of five shark species, adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

CITES and Polar Bears

International Forum on Conservation of Polar Bears and Jubilee Meeting of the Parties
to the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears
 

CITES and Polar Bears

International Forum on Conservation of Polar Bears and Jubilee Meeting of the Parties
to the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears
 
Keynote Address
 
John E. Scanlon
 

China increases prosecutions in response to illegal trade in elephant ivory

Geneva, 29 November 2013 - Eight Chinese citizens have recently been convicted and sentenced to 3 to 15 years imprisonment in east China's Anhui Province for smuggling a total of 3.2 tonnes of ivory between 2010 and 2012, according to a media release of the CITES Management Authority of China. All the ivory was bought on an auction website and sent to China via courier, falsely declared as calligraphy brush canisters or sewage pipes. The items were then offered for sale online to potential buyers in China.

CITES praises new ‘Python Conservation Partnership’

Geneva, 27 November 2013 – The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), praised today Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN/SSC Boa & Python Specialist Group) for the launching of the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a global research initiative focused on sustainability, transparency, animal welfare and local livelihoods issues related to the international trade in python skins.

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