Secretary-General of CITES

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How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity

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.

Summary of the High-level Discussion at United Nations Headquarters - Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community

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

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic

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.

CITES Secretary General's message to the Workshop on Implementing New CITES Shark Listings, Chennai, India

CITES Secretary-General's message to SPREP regional meeting on CBD, CMS and Ramsar

Message of the CITES CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, to the SPREP regional preparatory meeting for the Conference of the Parties of CBD, CMS and Ramsar Convention

World Ranger Day 2014: Message from the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon

Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2014

CITES Secretary-General's opening remarks at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General

at the Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee

Geneva (Switzerland), 7 July 2014

Thank you Chair and I would like to join with you in extending a very warm welcome to the Standing Committee Members, their alternates, Party Observers, and Inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and the private sector. 

CITES Secretary-General's intervention on Illegal Wildlife Trade at UN Environment Assembly Ministerial Dialogue

‘Illegal Wildlife Trade’

UN Environment Assembly

Intervention by John E. Scanlon

Secretary-General of CITES

Nairobi, Kenya – 26 June 2014


The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development - A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law

‘The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade’ 

Presentation by
John E. Scanlon