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

Explore the ways that modern information and communications technology can lead to exciting possibilities for a whole-of-government approach at the border Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14 to 16 May 2013 Keynote Address John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General Your Highness, Lieutenant General, Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Minister of Interior, Your Excellency Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone and Director General of Dubai Customs, Mr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Secretary-General, World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya.
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held March 2013 in Bangkok, will be remembered as a defining moment in the 40 year history of the Convention
Thematic discussion on the challenge posed by emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment and ways to deal with it effectively Vienna, Austria, 23  April, 2013 John E. Scanlon Secretary-General CITES Thank you Ambassador Mabongo, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates. I would like to sincerely thank the Commission for holding this Thematic Discussion and for extending an invitation to the CITES Secretariat to contribute to its deliberations. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to Executive Director Yury Fedotov for his  strong personal support for, and commitment to, combatting wildlife and forest crime and that of his staff as well.   ------
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article
La 16e session de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (CoP16 de la CITES), réunie à Bangkok, Thaïlande, du 3 au 14 mars 2013, a pris des mesures décisives pour enrayer l’escalade inquiétante de l’abattage illégal d’éléphants et de rhinocéros d’Afrique et de la contrebande de leur ivoire et de leurs cornes, thème du présent article.   Les Parties ont également pris des décisions cruciales pour d’autres espèces subissant les pressions du commerce illégal: les grands félins d’Asie, les grands primates, les pangolins, les tortues terrestres et les tortues d’eau douce, certaines espèces ligneuses et l’antilope du Tibet; elles ont aussi décidé de demander une étude du commerce légal et illégal des guépards sauvages pour en évaluer les effets sur la conservation de l’espèce dans la nature.  
With numbers as low as 2,000 in 1973, when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed, the population is now more than 19,000. More than 90 percent of these animals are in South Africa as a result of both public and private management efforts, for which CITES provides a framework.
Bangkok, Thailand, 3 March 2013 Your Excellency Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra Chair of the CITES Standing Committee, Øystein Størkersen Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner Distinguished delegates Colleagues Sawasdee krup.  Welcome. It is a great pleasure to be here in the beautiful and vibrant City of Bangkok and we express our deep gratitude to the Kingdom of Thailand and its people for the extraordinary generosity in hosting this critical meeting.  Prime Minister, it has been a real joy to work with your ever courteous and highly professional staff both here and in Geneva as we have prepared for this event.
Illegal trade in wildlife has now reached a scale that poses an immediate risk to wildlife and to people. Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic spike in the poaching and illegal trade in elephants and rhinos. In 2011 an estimated 25,000 elephants were poached across Africa and in South Africa alone 668 rhinos were lost to poachers in 2012.
at an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CITES 13 February 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva   Click to see photos from the event Director-General, Excellencies, CITES authorities, friends of CITES.
Opening Presentation of CITES Secretary-GeneralMr. John E. Scanlon* at the joint side-event during CBD CoP11 18 October 2012, Hyderabad, India Good morning and welcome to this joint side event being convened by the CITES Secretariat together with the Secretariats of the CBD, CMS, UNEP and IUCN. We have an excellent group of presenters and panelists to join us today from each Secretariat and they will present on the topic from their own particular perspective.