Secretary-General's statements

Opening remarks at the high-level event at UN Headquarters marking World Wildlife Day 2020 CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero 3 March 2020, UN Headqurters, New York Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Friends and colleagues: I am honoured to welcome you all as one of the hosts of the 2020 UN World Wildlife Day celebrations. Thank you for taking the time to join us in celebrating the wildlife with which we share this planet.
Remarks at the event to celebrate the second anniversary of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online Ivonne Higuero, CITES Secretary-General 2 March 2020, New York, USA I am grateful for the invitation to join you this evening as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. I see this anniversary as an important part of the celebrations of World Wildlife Day 2020 this week with the theme “Sustaining all Life on Earth”.
Joint Statement of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions to CMS COP 13 17 February 2020, Ghandhinagar, India   Thank you Chair. Distinguished delegates:
Debriefing of Thunderball and Operation Demeter V Opening remarks of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero 26 November 2019, Shenzhen, China Your Excellency Mr Ni Yuefeng, Minister for China Customs Your Excellency Mr Zhuang Guotai,, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment Your Excellency Mr Li Chunliang, Vice Administrator of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration Mr Yang Hong, member of the Standing Committee of CPC of Shenzhen Mr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Excellencies, special guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Under the theme Fighting Transboundary Environmental Crime 13 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand   Madame Ambassador Rødsmoen Distinguished Award Winners Ladies and Gentlemen May I begin by warmly thanking the organizers for inviting me to this esteemed gathering, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in fighting transboundary environmental crime. I very much regret that I cannot be with you in person today.
Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES Closing remarks of CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero Geneva (Switzerland), 28 August 2019 Chair, Alternate Chair, Chairs of Committees I and II, esteemed delegates, dear colleagues,
Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES Opening remarks of CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero Geneva (Switzerland), 17 August 2019 Su excelencia, Consejero Federal del departamento federal de asuntos interiores, Señor Alain Berset; señora Inger Andersson, Directora ejecutiva del programa de las Naciones Unidas para el medio ambiente; sra Carolina Caceres, presidenta del Comité permanente de CITES; excelencias, estimados delegados, damas y caballeros,
World Ranger Day 2019 Message from CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero 31 July 2019 On World Ranger Day 2019, let’s join up to reflect upon the important role and selfless work of park rangers around the world in their fight to protect wildlife! World Ranger Day 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.
14 June 2019, Baku, Azerbaijan Good afternoon, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have been invited by the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization to give a keynote address at the IT Conference. My sincere apologies for not being there with you this week but I had prior commitments that made it difficult to travel to Baku. I am sure you have been enjoying the great Azerbaijani hospitality they are well known for, and which I am very sorry to have missed.
Following my messages and the updates of the Secretariat dated 21 April, 26 April, 3 May, 10 May and 17 May, where we expressed our compassion for the people of Sri Lanka for the impacts of the heinous acts committed in their country on 21 April 2019, announced the postponement of the meeting and the process in which the Secretariat engaged to address as soon as possible the delay in carrying out the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, I wish to confirm the new dates and venue of the meeting to Parties and Observers: The 71st meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the 72nd meeting of the CITES Standing Committee will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 28 August 2019 at the following address:

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