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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.

CITES gateway on sharks and rays launched today

Friday, 22 November 2013 – The CITES Secretariat launched today a Web section on sharks and manta rays to assist the 179 Parties to the Convention in putting in place effective measures to control international trade in the newly listed species. 

'Rhinos under Threat' video kicks off new UN web series

Species+ now available

CITES shares experiences with Climate Change Convention

Geneva/Warsaw, 13 November, 2013 - By invitation, the Secretary-General of CITES, John E. Scanlon has shared experiences and lessons learned in implementing CITES with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Strengthening Regional Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime in West Asia

Countries of West Asia have agreed on a process aimed at strengthening regional cooperation to combat wildlife crime. The agreement was reached at a workshop hosted by Kuwait, from 29 to 31 October 2013, with the participation of officials from eight countries of West Asia: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.