12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

Updated on 28 October 2022

Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

The two-week 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP12) was closed on the afternoon of 15 November 2002 in Santiago, Chile.

Of the 60 proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II, 44 were accepted by the Conference of the Parties, 7 were rejected and 9 withdrawn by the proponents. For more information about the outcomes of the meeting, please read the press release and the notice concerning the amendments to the Appendices I and II of the Convention adopted at CoP12. Summary report of each session of the meeting is also available on this site.

Thailand was elected on 15 Novembver as the host country of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Kuwait and Bhutan became the 159th and 160th Parties to CITES respectively during the meeting.

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos addressed the meeting on 12 November. The opening speeches by Mr Willem Wijnstekers, CITES Secretary-General, Mr Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of UNEP, Mr Kenneth Stansell, Chairman of the CITES Standing Comittee, and Mr. Jaime Campos Quiroga, Minister of Agriculture of Chile, are available on this site.