Russian Federation to host the 70th meeting of CITES Standing Committee in Sochi in October 2018

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Russian Federation to host the 70th meeting of CITES Standing Committee
in Sochi in October 2018


Geneva, 13 July 2017: The CITES Secretariat announced today that an offer made by the Russian Federation to host the 70th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in Sochi from 1 to 5 October 2018 has been accepted by the Chair of the Standing Committee.

Sochi is located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia. The city offers modern transport and meeting facilities allowing it to host major international events. 

Sochi hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and will also be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The northeastern part of the city belongs to the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the few places in Russia with a subtropical climate.

Mr Sergei Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation said: “The Russian Federation has been a Party to CITES for 25 years. We are convinced that the Convention has been a highly effective international mechanism to regulate trade in wildlife and to coordinate the global efforts to counter illicit trafficking in CITES-listed species of animals and plants.”

CITES Secretary-General, John Scanlon, said: “We are most grateful for the generous offer of the Russian Federation to host the 70th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, which is a reflection of its strong support for CITES. Critical decisions will be made at this meeting on the implementation of decisions taken at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP), held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016, and on matters to present to the 18th CoP in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2019.  These decisions address the regulation of legal and sustainable trade in CITES-listed species and measures to combat illegal wildlife trade.”

Canada currently holds the chair of the Standing Committee and, under the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, formally determines the time and venue of meetings of the Committee.

The Russian Federation joined CITES in January 1992 through the continuation of its membership as part of the former USSR and was elected to serve as a regional member on the CITES Standing Committee at CITES CoP17.  Russia has expressed an interest in using this opportunity to introduce the outcomes of its “Year of Specially Protected Areas” and measures taken to develop the network of specially protected area and national programmes for protection of the bears, falcons, leopards, saiga antelopes, sturgeons, tigers and rare plant species.

"We look forward to seeing members of the Committee, observers from Parties and non-governmental organizations, private sector as well as representatives from rural communities and the youth in Sochi in 2018" added Scanlon. 

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With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

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