Secretary-General of CITES

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

CITES intervention at the 31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

Update on FAO-CITES activities related to commercially-exploited aquatic species

John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General,

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

9-13 June 2014, Rome, Italy

Chair, Johan H. Williams

Committee delegates

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at an event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Viet Nam becoming a Party to CITES

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Viet Nam becoming a Party to CITES

Speech by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 27 May 2014


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van Tam
Secretary-General of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly, Periowsamy Otharam

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the first destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in Hong Kong SAR, China

Hong Kong SAR holds one of the largest stockpiles of seized ivory in the world. Today’s event follows the crushing of ivory in many different countries across the world, including 6.2 tonnes of seized ivory in Dongguan, China earlier this year.

Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a major problem worldwide. The poaching of African elephants and the illegal trade in their ivory is one of the most noticeable and destructive forms of wildlife crime. It is not only having a devastating impact on the African elephant, but it also poses a threat to people and their livelihoods – as well as national economies and in some cases national and regional security.