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Colombia hosts international workshop for ensuring sustainable trade in sharks listed in CITES

Santa Marta, Colombia, 27 November 2014 - More than 60 participants, representing over 20 countries, came from across the globe to Santa Marta, Colombia, from 25 to 27 November to participate in a workshop focused on the implementation of measures regulating the international trade in five shark species that were adopted at the last meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Bangkok in 2013.

The CITES Virtual College now available in Chinese

In an effort to reach larger audiences and make CITES online courses and educational materials more easily accessible, the CITES Virtual College has been translated into Chinese. This much needed resource will assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities, its efforts to ensure that international trade in CITES-listed species is legal, sustainable and traceable while also increasing its capacity to combat illicit trade in wildlife.

CITES welcomes new Secretary General of INTERPOL and adoption of General Assembly resolution on Environmental Security

At the 83rd session of the ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly meeting in Monaco from 3 to 7 November 2014, Mr.Jürgen Stock was elected as the new INTERPOL Secretary General. The 55-year-old Vice-President of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) took over from Mr. Ronald K. Noble of the United States of America, who stepped down after 14 years of service as INTERPOL Secretary General.

The European region met to discuss CITES-related plant issues

From 11 to 14 November the European Regional CITES Plants Meeting took place in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Forty-five participants from 18 countries, the European Commission and the CITES Secretariat met to discuss plant related issues and came up with recommendations for the meeting of the CITES Plants Committee and Standing Committee.

From the crime scene to the courtroom: ICCWC releases Guidelines on ivory

CITES Secretariat welcomes APEC Joint Ministerial Statement

Geneva, 10 November 2014 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), welcomes the APEC Joint Ministerial Statement, issued by the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers following the conclusion of the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting on Saturday in Beijing, China.

Initiatives contained in the Joint Statement reaffirm the commitment to conserve wildlife resources and combat illicit transnational trade in protected wildlife, including timber.

Summary of the High-level Discussion at United Nations Headquarters - Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community, United Nations Headquarters, New York

High-level Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking
Towards Joint Action by the International Community "

A joint event of the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany

United Nations Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2014

Welcome and Opening Remarks by co-Hosts

ICCWC Senior Experts Group meets in Geneva to review delivery of activities to combat wildlife crime

The Senior Experts Group of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) met in Geneva last week to discuss progress with its collaborative activities to combat wildlife crime.

FAO and CITES support India’s effort in coordinating the Bay of Bengal regional cooperation on sharks and manta rays

Geneva, 3 September 2014:  The Bay of Bengal Capacity Building Workshop on CITES Appendix II Listings of Shark and Manta Ray Species was held in Chennai, India from 26 to 28 August 2014. The workshop was hosted by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (CITES Management of Authority of India), in cooperation with the C.P.R.

CITES Secretariat and UNCTAD join forces to assist Customs authorities to regulate trade in wildlife

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have agreed to work together in providing Customs authorities with better tools to regulate the import and export of CITES-listed species. Among these will be a module for international trade in CITES-listed species, called ACITES, which will be fully integrated into UNCTAD’s Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta (ASYCUDA).