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

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development - A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law   ‘The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade’    Presentation by   John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat   Tuesday, 24 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya   
Update on FAO-CITES activities related to commercially-exploited aquatic species   John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 9-13 June 2014, Rome, Italy Chair, Johan H. Williams Committee delegates Colleagues Thank you for giving us the opportunity to briefly address this Agenda Item on the results of the Fourteenth Session of the FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade. ------
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.