Secretary-General's statements

CITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.    
  CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon Da Nang, Viet Nam 24-26 June 2015   Vice Minister Dr Ha Cong Tuan, MARD, Government of Viet Nam  Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Viet Nam, Ms. Claire Pierangelo Chairman of the Da Nang Province, Viet Nam CITES Management Authority of Viet Nam Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues
John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 19 June 2015   Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe New York State Senator, Brad Hoylman.
71st IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit Miami, 8 June 2015 ‘Air transport and Illegal trade in wildlife’ Address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES AGM President, Doug Parker (CEO of American Airlines). Tony Tyler, CEO of IATA. Distinguished delegates.
John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 29 May 2015   Minister Zhao Shucong, State Forestry Administration, Minister Yu Guangzhou, General Administration of Customs, Vice Minister Chen Fengxue, State Forestry Administration, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of China for inviting me to witness the destruction of 662 kg of confiscated elephant ivory today and I regret that I am unable to make it to Beijing in person.
"The Future International Arrangement on the Forests We Want" CITES Statement John E. Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt, Scientific Support Officer (Flora), CITES Secretariat UNFF11 - High-level segment New York, United States of America 13 - 14 May 2015   Hon. Chair, Nelson Messone UNFF Director, Manoel Sobral Filho Distinguished delegates Friends and colleagues This is the first time that CITES has an opportunity to join a session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and it is with great pleasure that we do so at this strategic 11th Session. -----
CITES Secretary-General's remarks to the first destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in the United Arab Emirates John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 29 April 2015 The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water, which serves as the Management Authority of CITES. The Dubai Municipality, together with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, which serves as the Scientific Authority of CITES. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and to the Dubai Municipality, for inviting me to witness the destruction of more than 10 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory and I regret that I am unable to make it to Dubai in person. -----
WTO 20th Anniversary Event – Trade and Environment 20 Years of Building Pathways to Sustainable Development Address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES 28 April 2015, Geneva   Ambassador Kairamo Distinguished Guests I would like to thank Director General Azevêdo and our colleagues here at the World Trade Organization (WTO)  for inviting us to participate in this 20th Anniversary event. -----
Wildlife and Forest Crime: A Serious Crime A High-level Side Event at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Opening remarks by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES Doha, Qatar, 13 April 2015 Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the UNGAMr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODCDistinguished panelists and delegates
Informal Plenary Meeting to Celebrate World Wildlife Day UN General Assembly   Intervention by John E. Scanlon    Secretary-General of CITES     President of the General Assembly, H.E Mr. Sam Kutesa Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Jan Eliasson  Distinguished Panelists and Delegates   -----