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Status update on the postponement of CoP18

10 May 2019

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

The Secretariat continues to monitor the security situation in Colombo closely through the Sri Lankan authorities and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Delegates may wish to note the following at this stage:

Major new global assessment describes biodiversity in crisis

The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, launched today in Paris, confirms that species and ecosystems around the world are in rapid decline. Arresting this trend will require transformative change based on proven solutions.

Status update: postponement of CoP18

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

CITES Secretariat presents its final assessment of and recommendations on species listing proposals for #CITESCoP18

The CITES Secretariat has now posted Document 105.1, presenting its final assessments of the proposals to amend Appendices I and II of the Convention. These 57 proposals submitted by Parties to CITES for consideration at CoP18 address a wide range of wild plants and animals. The detailed assessments and recommendations can be found in an annex to the document here.

Countries home to Saiga antelopes develop new roadmap to save the species

Bonn/Geneva, 12 April 2019 – Range States have agreed on a set of concrete conservation priorities guiding the work under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning the Restoration, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Saiga Antelopes (Saiga spp.) up to 2025.

Towards better protection of internationally traded African tree species listed in CITES

Some 30 experts from 12 CITES Parties met in Dar es Salaam from 7 to 15 March 2019 at the CITES Tree Species Programme Regional Meeting for Africa hosted by the CITES Management Authority of the United Republic of Tanzania.

ASEAN member States pledge strong action against illegal trade in wildlife

Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 21 and 22 March 2019 convened in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at a Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade, hosted by Thailand as the 2019 Chair of ASEAN.

CITES pays tribute to Dr. Bradnee Chambers

The CITES Secretariat shares with you the sad news of the passing of Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a sister convention to CITES.

Second international training workshop on improving CITES implementation for source codes and captive-bred and artificially propagated specimens concludes in El Salvador

First Meeting of Range States for the Joint CITES–CMS African Carnivore Initiative

The First Range State Meeting of the Joint CITES-CMS African Carnivore Initiative (ACI1) was held from 5 to 8 November 2018 in Bonn, Germany. It brought together representatives of 31 African countries that are range States to the four iconic carnivore species covered by the African Carnivore Initiative, namely the African lion (Panthera leo), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), leopard (Panthera pardus) and African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

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