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

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and  John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General   MEASURES: Countries must make wildlife crime a serious crime in their own legislation   Organized criminal networks are trafficking in  endangered species, driving them to the brink of extinction. We need to act before it is too late.   In 2011, 25,000 wild elephants were illegally killed in Africa, primarily for their ivory.  
UN General Assembly side event hosted by Germany and Gabon, New York, 26 September 2013   Opening Remarks by Session Moderator CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon   Excellencies, distinguished guests, colleagues   On behalf of the two co-chairs, Germany and Gabon, I would like to warmly welcome you to this afternoon’s High-Level Discussion.  I will be your moderator.   I suspect everyone here today has seen graphic images of elephant and rhino slaughtered for their ivory and horn - a tragic crime scene that is now being replicated every day across their range.
Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and  CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon Given the current rate of poaching, children from West or Central Africa will one day speak of elephants and rhinoceros as we speak of mammoths: as magnificent creatures belonging to the past
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2013   World Ranger Day 2013 World Ranger Day was first observed in 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). It honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants.
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.