Secretary-General's statements

By CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero – 14 September 2023  We have all witnessed how rapidly digitalization has progressed in recent years and I am excited to share with you how CITES is embracing the digital age. Major progress has been made by Parties, the Secretariat, and its partners on the electronic CITES permitting system (eCITES).  
  Opening Remarks at the 32nd Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero 19 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland   Chair of the Animals Committee, Members of the Animals Committee,
  Opening Remarks at the 26th Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero 5 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland   Madame Chair of the Plants Committee, Members of the Plants Committee, Distinguished delegates and participants, Dear colleagues and friends,
  Opening Ceremony Remarks at the World Organisation for Animal Health's 90th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates by CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero 21 May 2023, Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France Señor Presidente Idogaya Benitez, Madame la Directice Genérale Eloit, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero's message for International Biodiversity Day 2023
Joint Statement from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management for CBD CoP15 Made by CITES Secretary-General and CPW Chair, Ivonne Higuero Plenary: CBD/COP/15/L.5 on Sustainable Wildlife Management, 10 December Thank you Chair, Distinguished delegates,
Statement By the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity Working Group I: CBD 15-B (Cooperation with other conventions and international organizations) Montreal, 7 December 2022 delivered by Ms Ivonne Higuero, CITES Secretary-General Thank you, Chair
By CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero After a few days off to recover from the very busy two weeks in Panama and now moving on to the CBD Open Ended Working Group meeting on the Global Biodiversity Framework and the CBD COP15 in Montreal, I have time to reflect on the outcomes of CITES CoP19. The meeting of the ultimate decision-making body of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora ended one week ago, reaching 365 decisions and covering more than 500 species. And now each of the 2,500 people, representing more than 160 of the Parties to CITES as well as observers, have started working to make sure these decisions turn into action.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends. It’s Friday, the 25th of November - the last day of CoP19. We made it! All of us have worked tirelessly and for a long time to get to this moment and by standing here before you, I am immensely proud; proud of all of you and of what you have accomplished during these two weeks, proud of my country and the way it has welcomed us, and proud of my team. I assure you that you could only dream of having a team like the CITES Secretariat. Please help me to show our appreciation for all your efforts. We should express our gratitude to those who have made us feel so warmly welcomed: His Excellency Mr. president, the vice president, who opened our Conference, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Security that has kept us all safe, in addition to all the other parts of the Panamanian government working behind the scenes.
Why more countries should adopt digitalization to curb illicit trade in endangered species As the final week of the World Wildlife Conference, in Panama, gets under way, CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero and UNCTAD’s Director of Technology and Logistics Shamika N. Sirimanne are calling for wider use of digital technologies to help conserve the planet's endangered species.