Secretary-General's statements

World Wildlife Day High-level Stakeholder Dialogue on Illegal Wildlife Trade It's time to get serious about wildlife crime   Opening remarks by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES WCS Central Park Zoo, New York, 3 March 2015
BEYOND ENFORCEMENT: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime 26 – 28 February 2015 Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift, South Africa Opening Speech by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General CITES Delivered by Tom De Meulenaer, Chief, CITES Scientific Support Ms. Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa, Mr Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Representatives of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihood Specialist Group and of the International Institute for Environment and Development, Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues.
Opening remarks at the Workshop on demand-side strategies for curbing illegal ivory trade CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon Hangzhou, China 28-29 January 2015 Mr Mr Liu Dongsheng, Vice Administrator, State Forestry Administration Mr Lin Yunju, Director General of the Forestry Department of Zhejiang Province Dr Meng Xianlin, Director-General, CITES Management Authority of China Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
CITES and the CMS share common origins, have complementary mandates, and enjoy longstanding and deepening programmatic collaboration. It was IUCN that first called for these two conventions in the early 1960’s. This call was heeded and enshrined in recommendations adopted at the UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, which led to CITES and the CMS being adopted within the decade – CITES in 1973 and the CMS in 1979.
Over the past 24 months we have seen a number of countries, including Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong SAR, China, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA, destroy stockpiles of illegally traded elephant ivory and rhino horn that have been seized and confiscated.
CBD CoP12 side event Does biodiversity matter for development? EU's Development Cooperation launches its B4Life Flagship Initiative Opening Statement John E Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES (Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt) 
ITTO-CITES: Working together to sustain tropical tree species Opening Statement   John E Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES (Delivered by Milena Sosa Schmidt)  Side event at 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea,  15 October 2014  
As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature.
High-level Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community " A joint event of the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany United Nations Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2014 Welcome and Opening Remarks by co-Hosts H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic. H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The recovery of the CITES-listed African black and white rhino populations in the wild over the past few decades, after being hunted close to extinction, is a great conservation success story – and for the first seven years of this century poaching levels had remained low at around ten a year. After 2007, however, a sharp upward trend in poaching started to emerge – a trend that has continued to the point where over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn in South Africa alone in 2013 and over 700 killed so far this year.