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The 180th Party: Iraq

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Iraq as the 180th Party to CITES.
Iraq is located in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf in the south east.

CITES Secretariat welcomes Operation Cobra II results

Geneva, 10 February 2014 – The CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, today welcomed the excellent results achieved by law enforcement officers from 28 countries during Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade, which ended on 27 January 2014.

International trade and the sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources


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The role of trade in safeguarding biodiversity, and particularly its role in enhancing livelihoods in developing countries, was highlighted at a side event held on 5 February in New York during the eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

World Wildlife Day logo

3 February 2014: Further to Notification to the Parties No. 2014/004, the CITES Secretariat is pleased to make available today the logo created to celebrate the first World Wildlife Day (3 March 2014) as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assemby. We welcome all countries, organizations and all interested individuals to make use of the logo in their celebration of the first World Wildlife Day.

UN sanctions on armed groups financed by poaching and illicit wildlife trade in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United Nations Security Council adopted two Resolutions, 2134 (2014)  and 2136 (2014)  on 28 January and 30 January 2014 respectively, on UN sanctions targeting armed groups in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo financed by the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including poaching and illicit wildlife trade.

ITC and CITES team up to support livelihoods of poor rural communities

UN General Assembly proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

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2nd meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

of the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
10 December 2013
Mr Chairman,

China increases prosecutions in response to illegal trade in elephant ivory

Geneva, 29 November 2013 - Eight Chinese citizens have recently been convicted and sentenced to 3 to 15 years imprisonment in east China's Anhui Province for smuggling a total of 3.2 tonnes of ivory between 2010 and 2012, according to a media release of the CITES Management Authority of China. All the ivory was bought on an auction website and sent to China via courier, falsely declared as calligraphy brush canisters or sewage pipes. The items were then offered for sale online to potential buyers in China.

CITES praises new ‘Python Conservation Partnership’

Geneva, 27 November 2013 – The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), praised today Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN/SSC Boa & Python Specialist Group) for the launching of the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a global research initiative focused on sustainability, transparency, animal welfare and local livelihoods issues related to the international trade in python skins.