Secretary-General's statements

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 -----
Angola – World Environment Day 2016 Message from John E Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 5 June 2016   His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos,President of the Republic of Angola Honourable Maria de Fátima Jardim, Minister for Environment Honourable Pedro Mutindi,Governor of the Province of Kuando Kubango Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary Mr Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen All protocols observed  
German Bundestag (Federal Diet) Public discussion with experts on “the wildlife trade” including on “Combating poaching and the illegal wildlife trade” Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Marie-Elisabeth-Luders Building, Berlin Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon Cites Secretary-General   Honorable Committee Chair Distinguished Committee members Thank you for the invitation to participate in this public discussion on a topic that has for good reason captured significant political and public attention.
        Joint Statement by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of CMS   Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to this very important and timely meeting. Firstly, let us express our most sincere thanks to H.E. Ms. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda, for hosting this meeting and for investing her time and energy into this process.
Message from CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon   Illicit wildlife trafficking is driving some of the world’s most iconic animals and plants towards extinction, as well as some species you may never have heard of. It is also threatening our own personal well-being, the livelihoods of local communities living amongst wildlife and, in some cases, even national economies and security.
CITES and the UN Conventions against Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 25th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Plenary Session 24 May 2016   Chair Distinguished Delegates I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Commission for the opportunity to address you this morning. This Commission is very familiar with the scale and nature of illicit wildlife trafficking and the devastating impacts it has not only on animals and plants and entire ecosystems – but on development, local livelihoods and in some cases national economies and security.
(Beijing) – China's controversial legal market for ivory exists because the country imported 62 tons of elephant tusks from African countries in 2008 in a one-off sale authorized by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the primary international agreement protecting the animal.
John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 14 April 2016   Hon. Dato Sri Dr Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia Hon. Dato’ Sri Azizan Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ----- I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for inviting me to witness the destruction of 9.55 tonnes of confiscated African elephant ivory today. Over the past 24 months we have seen countries in Africa, East, South East and South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America destroy stockpiles of illegally traded elephant ivory that has been seized and confiscated. -----
The global community observed UN World Wildlife Day for the third time on 3 March 2016 with countries and people from right across the globe rallying around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands”. This special day for wildlife on the UN calendar has once again given the world a chance to reconnect with our planet’s wild side and to acknowledge our collective responsibility to bring illegal wildlife trade to an end. The CITES Secretariat, as the UNGA-designated global facilitator for the observance of the Day, is delighted to advise that the response to WWD2016 was a tremendous success with the scale of participation and level of engagement of countries, organizations and people from around the world exceeding all expectations.