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Message of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero for World Environment Day, 5 June 2020

CITES Standing Committee postpones the Animals & Plants Committee meetings until 2021

The CITES Standing Committee has advised the Secretariat that the 31st Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee and the 25th meeting of the Plants Committee should be postponed until 2021.

Message of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero for International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2020

CITES and UNEP-WCMC add new identification resources to main CITES Species platforms

Call for nominations open for the 2020 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2020 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards.

New wildlife trade management system goes live in Sri Lanka

This electronic solution will enable better control of legal trade in wildlife and help prevent illegal trade


How countries around the world celebrated World Wildlife Day 2020

On 3 March, for the seventh time since its establishment in 2013, the CITES Secretariat and close partners organized high-level events to mark World Wildlife Day, in Geneva and New York.

Outside these official celebrations, nations and people around the world celebrated the Day by holding events and campaigns of all kinds and sizes to show their appreciation for our planet’s biodiversity and its wild fauna and flora.

World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

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Remarks of Ambassador Olof Skoog, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations at the high-level event to celebrate World Wildlife Day at the UN Headquarters in New York

3 March 2020


2020 is a pivotal year for global biodiversity policy. The world is to agree in October in China on a new set of goals for the next Decade after we have failed to reach almost all the 2020 targets.

The stakes are high. According to the World Economic Forum, half of the global GDP – approximately €40 trillion – is dependent on nature. Yet, onemillion species are on the threat of extinction.

CITES Tree Species Programme launches dedicated website