Secretary-General of CITES

Opening Statement by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Bangkok, Thailand, 3 March 2013

Your Excellency Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra
Chair of the CITES Standing Committee, Øystein Størkersen
Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner
Distinguished delegates

Sawasdee krup.  Welcome.

Tackling the illegal trade in wild animals is a matter of global urgency (1 March 2013)

Illegal trade in wildlife has now reached a scale that poses an immediate risk to wildlife and to people. Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic spike in the poaching and illegal trade in elephants and rhinos. In 2011 an estimated 25,000 elephants were poached across Africa and in South Africa alone 668 rhinos were lost to poachers in 2012.

Remarks by CITES Secretary-General Mr. John E. Scanlon

at an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CITES

13 February 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva


Flagship species and the conservation of the entire ecosystem: why individual species matter

Opening Presentation of CITES Secretary-General
Mr. John E. Scanlon*
at the joint side-event during CBD CoP11

18 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

Good morning and welcome to this joint side event being convened by the CITES Secretariat together with the Secretariats of the CBD, CMS, UNEP and IUCN.

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

62nd meeting of the Standing Committee

23 July 2012

Good morning and I join with the Chair in extending a very warm welcome to our Standing Committee members and alternates, together with Observers from CITES Parties, IGOs and NGOs.

CITES: From Stockholm in ‘72 to Rio+20 - Back to the future ( 6 July 2012)

Travelling from the Odeon Cinema in downtown Rio de Janeiro – where we launched our film Rhinos under threat, to Riocentro in Barra de Tijuca – where the Rio+20 negotiations took place, can be a long trip. Several hours in a bus gives one a lot of time to think about a longer journey: the one that the international community has made from Stockholm in 1972 to Rio in 2012

United States of America Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

‘Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa’

Written testimony of John E. Scanlon
Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

24 May 2012, Washington D.C., the United States of America

CITES Secretary-General, Mr. John E. Scanlon address to the Meeting on the Development of CITES E-Permitting Systems

9 May 2012, Guangzhou, China

Ms. YIN Hong, Vice Administrator of the State Forestry Administration
Dr. MENG Xianlin, Executive Director-General of the CITES Management Authority of China
Mr. XU Hui, Director General of the Guangzhou Branch Office of the CITES Management Authority of China
Mr. MENG Fan, Deputy Director-General, Forestry Department of Guangdong Province

Presentation of John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF)

GMEF Plenary Panel on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

12th Special Session

21 February 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

Panel Chair, Minister Solheim, Honorable Ministers, and distinguished delegates.

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

Bangkok, Thailand, 14 February, 2012

Executive Director of INTERPOL's Police Service
Leaders of the Customs and Police authorities of the tiger range States
Representatives of the Host Country
Colleagues from the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime
Distinguished participants