Statements made by Mr John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Viet Nam becoming a Party to CITES Speech by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 27 May 2014   Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van TamSecretary-General of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly, Periowsamy Otharam Your Excellences Distinguished delegates Ladies and gentlemen It is a great honour to be with you in Ha Noi today to celebrate this special occasion and I extend my deep gratitude to the Government of Viet Nam for the kind invitation and its warm hospitality. ------------------
Hong Kong SAR holds one of the largest stockpiles of seized ivory in the world. Today’s event follows the crushing of ivory in many different countries across the world, including 6.2 tonnes of seized ivory in Dongguan, China earlier this year. Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a major problem worldwide. The poaching of African elephants and the illegal trade in their ivory is one of the most noticeable and destructive forms of wildlife crime. It is not only having a devastating impact on the African elephant, but it also poses a threat to people and their livelihoods – as well as national economies and in some cases national and regional security.
John E. Scanlon CITES Secretary-General 13 May 2014, Vienna Ambassadors, Executive Director Fedotov, distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Over the past few years we have witnessed a serious spike in the scale, and a change in the nature of, wildlife and forest crime: 
Asian regional consultative workshop on capacity assessments for the implementation of new CITES listings of sharks and manta rays Xiamen, China, 13-15 May 2014 Address by CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon   Mr Liu Dongsheng, Vice Administrator, State Forestry Administration; Mr Zhao Xingwu, Director General, Bureau of Fisheries and Fisheries Law Enforcement, Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Meng Xianlin, Executive Director General, CITES Management Authority of China; Distinguished delegates, friends and colleagues; 
Expert Conference on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking John E. Scanlon CITES Secretary-General 10 April 2014, Brussels Commissioner Potočnik, Commissioner Malmström, Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. The European Union, its Member States and its Commission have been longstanding and steadfast supporters of CITES - substantively, politically and financially.
I would like to express my sincere thanks for the invitation to join you today, which I think is a first for the CITES Secretariat. I would also like to recognize the CITES Scientific Authority of Mexico, which does an extraordinary job both nationally and through our various committee processes – and it will be hosting a joint meeting of the CITES Plants and Animals Committees in Veracruz next month.
    Fourteenth Session of the FAO Committee on  Fisheries Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI-FT) Bergen, Norway, 24–28 February 2014   FAO-CITES related activities on commercially exploited aquatic species John E Scanlon, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)   Chairperson, Ms Astrid Holtan, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Distinguished delegates, colleagues.
Wildlife now has its own special day on the United Nations calendar. On 3 March we will for the first time ever celebrate World Wildlife Day. The 3rd of March is the opportunity for all of us - no matter who we are or where we are - to celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet with. While we cherish wildlife in its own right we should not forget that it also contributes to our personal well-being - from food to medicine – from culture to recreation.
London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife 12 to 13 February 2014 Intervention by John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES    We would like to thank the UK Government, and the British Royal Family, for their leadership and for the open and inclusive process that preceded today’s Conference.   In his inspirational speech last night, the UK Secretary of State, the Hon. William Hague, noted that “this problem is caused by man”.  In the few moments I have available to speak, I would like to focus on the human element.   There are perhaps three human traits that are driving this illegal trade: greed; ignorance and indifference.    
‘The international dimension to illicit wildlife trafficking – an Overview’ Symposium: International Wildlife Trafficking London, 11-12 February, 2014 A United for Wildlife event hosted by Zoological Society of London John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat Abstract of Presentation For domestic or international trade in wildlife to be described as ‘illicit wildlife trafficking’ [1], it must contravene either domestic or international law (or both).