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

CITES CoP17 John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General Opening Ceremony Speech Johannesburg, 24 September 2016   Honourable Ministers Distinguished Guests Friends and colleagues -----
Time for Change Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 22 September, 2016 Address by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General   Thank you Hugh. Your Royal Highness in London, Dr. Handa in Tokyo, Your Excellences and friends of wildlife from right across the globe – welcome to the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg!
Talk of prohibiting, preventing and countering corruption must take centre stage when signatories to the Cites treaty on regulating the international trade in wildlife meet in Johannesburg this weekend. The world is witnessing an unprecedented surge in wildlife trafficking that is stealing the irreplaceable natural wealth of countries, greatly hindering development, paralysing efforts to eradicate poverty, and undermining conservation efforts. This illicit trade in wildlife is well organised, transnational and happening across every region. As countries prepare to meet in Johannesburgthis weekend for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Cites (CoP17), there is increasing recognition that to curb the global surge in wildlife trafficking we must counter the corrosive corruption that enables it.
The latest CITES meeting on 24 September in Johannesburg will be one of the most critical meetings in the Convention’s 43 year history. The evils of the international drug trade, weapons smuggling, and human trafficking are well known. Drug turf wars devastate neighbourhoods while addicts leave behind the shattered lives of their families. The illicit weapons trade arms terrorists, brutal militias, and street gangs, while people smugglers fill leaky boats with desperate refugees and brothels with enslaved sex workers.
Consumers and collectors want sturgeon caviar, snakeskin bags, shark meat and fins, wild snowdrop bulbs, precious rosewood furniture, and quality agarwood oil, as well as rare birds, reptiles, cacti and orchids. But they rarely stop to think about their origins. There are now over seven billion people consuming biodiversity every day in the form of medicines, food, clothing, furniture, perfumes and luxury goods. Demand for products drawn from nature is increasing, and with it pressure is growing on some of our wildlife species.
  Representatives of Parties to CITES and the CBD, country representatives from hosting countries, colleagues from Convention Secretariats, regional partners, resource persons, ladies and gentleman. A very warm welcome to this regional preparatory briefing on the upcoming CITES CoP17 and CBD CoP13. We are delighted to be partnering with our good friends and colleagues at the CBD Secretariat in co-hosting these four regional meetings and we are express our deep appreciation to the European Union for providing the funding that has made these highly valuable briefings  possible.
World Ranger Day 2016 Message from CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon 31 July 2016 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. 
Keynote Remarks Caribbean Regional Wildlife Enforcement Workshop John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General Bahamas, 20- 22 July 2016   The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment of the Bahamas Her Excellency, Lisa Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires to the Bahamas from the United States of America
Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking Symposium June 28 & 29, 2016, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Allder Auditorium, Springfield, Virginia, U.S.A. Keynote Address by John E. Scanlon CITES Secretary-General ‘CITES and tackling wildlife trafficking and CITES CoP 17’  
Special High-level event and Launch of the first “World Wildlife Crime” Report UN Headquarters New York, 6 June 2016 Remarks by John E. Scanlon Secretary-General CITES   H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly H. E. Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN  Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC Mr. Edmond Mulet, Chef de Cabinet to the UN Secretary-General Professor Lee White, Director Gabonese National Parks Service Dr. Cristián Samper, President of the Wildlife Conservation Society Ms. Famke Janssen, Actress and Humanitarian and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity  Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen -----

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