Secretary-General of CITES

Expert Conference on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking

Expert Conference on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking

John E. Scanlon

CITES Secretary-General

10 April 2014, Brussels

Commissioner Potočnik, Commissioner Malmström, Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues.

Nineteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean

I would like to express my sincere thanks for the invitation to join you today, which I think is a first for the CITES Secretariat. I would also like to recognize the CITES Scientific Authority of Mexico, which does an extraordinary job both nationally and through our various committee processes – and it will be hosting a joint meeting of the CITES Plants and Animals Committees in Veracruz next month.

CITES Secretary General's intervention at the 14th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries Sub-Committee on Fish Trade



Fourteenth Session of the FAO Committee on 

Fisheries Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI-FT)

Bergen, Norway, 24–28 February 2014


FAO-CITES related activities on commercially exploited aquatic species

John E Scanlon, Secretary General,

CITES Secretary-General’s message for World Wildlife Day

Wildlife now has its own special day on the United Nations calendar. On 3 March we will for the first time ever celebrate World Wildlife Day. The 3rd of March is the opportunity for all of us - no matter who we are or where we are - to celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet with. While we cherish wildlife in its own right we should not forget that it also contributes to our personal well-being - from food to medicine – from culture to recreation.

CITES Secretary General's intervention at the London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife

London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife
12 to 13 February 2014

Intervention by John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES 

We would like to thank the UK Government, and the British Royal Family, for their leadership and for the open and inclusive process that preceded today’s Conference.

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