Secretary-General of CITES

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the Symposium on International Wildlife Trafficking

‘The international dimension to illicit wildlife trafficking – an Overview’

Symposium: International Wildlife Trafficking

London, 11-12 February, 2014

A United for Wildlife event hosted by Zoological Society of London

John E. Scanlon

Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat

Abstract of Presentation

Key note address by CITES Secretary General at the side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

CITES Secretary-General’s statement at an event to crush confiscated elephant ivory

I would like to express my thanks to the Chinese Government for inviting me to Guangzhou today and to share some brief remarks with you this afternoon.
Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a problem worldwide.

There is strong evidence of the increased involvement of organized crime syndicates - and on some occasions rebel militia - in certain wildlife crimes that are operating through well-developed criminal networks. This has changed the dynamics of combating this highly destructive criminal activity, in particular as it relates to the African elephant.

CITES – standing at the intersection of trade, the environment and development

2nd BioTrade Congress
Opening Session - Future perspectives for the post 2015 development
11-13 December 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
Key note address
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

Forty-ninth session of the International Tropical Timber Council

Libreville, Gabon, 25 November, 2013

Keynote address by

Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
October, 2013
Statement of John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES
President Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Vice Prime Minister, Sarpashev, Chair of the Forum Organizing Committee.
Distinguished delegates from across the 12 Range States of the snow leopard.

MEAs different approaches in support of implementation of the overall Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

Statement by CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon
16 October 2013

Written Statement of the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon to the First Asian Rhino Range States Meeting

HE Dr Zulkifli Hasan
Minister of Forestry
Ministry of Forestry
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti
Blok I Lt. 8, Jalan Gatot Subroto
Jakarta 10270
Your excellency,

CITES Secretary-General addresses African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

By invitation, CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, made a keynote address to the Opening Session of the 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) held in Windhoek, Namibia on 30 September 2013. 

Wildlife crimes and punishments

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and 
John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
MEASURES: Countries must make wildlife crime a serious crime in their own legislation
Organized criminal networks are trafficking in  endangered species, driving them to the brink of extinction. We need to act before it is too late.