Standing Committee

Identification (tiger skins)

Identification (tiger skins)

The Standing Committee shall consider the report of the Secretariat and present its recommendations at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Electronic systems and information technologies

Electronic systems and information technologies

The Standing Committee shall:
a) review the progress of implementation of Decision 17.157 and make recommendations as necessary, including any suggestions for the revision of Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) and the amendment of Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports distributed by the Secretariat, to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
b) review the information submitted by Parties under Decision 17. 156, as well as the progress of implementation of Decision 17.157 and make recommendations as necessary, any suggestions for the revision of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP17) on Permits and certificates to ensure the Resolution allows for electronic border clearance processes that are consistent with and incorporate the requirements of Articles III, IV, V and VI into any e-permitting system, examining in particular the issues of presentation and validation, to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Electronic systems and information technologies

Electronic systems and information technologies

The Standing Committee shall re-establish the Working Group on Electronic Systems and Information Technologies to work in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat to undertake the following tasks:
a) to further collaborate with the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) their development of the Electronic Permit Information eXchange (EPIX) system as a conduit for the exchange of CITES permits and certificates, and as a central registry to facilitate validation of CITES permit data by CITES Management Authorities and Customs officials;
b) identify where the progress in the EPIX system, and the subsequent facilitation of the reporting requirements of Parties, may potentially affect the provisions of Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) on National reports and the amendment of Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports distributed by the Secretariat.
c) to worktheUnited Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT),the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),the International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Bank, theWorld Customs Organization (WCO), and theWorld Trade Organization (WTO)in the context of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and other relevant partners, to continue the development of joint projects that would facilitate Parties’ access to electronic permitting services and their alignment to international trade standards and norms, such as the revision of the CITES e-permitting toolkit and the development of the eCITES module in ASYCUDA;
d) to work with the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in the development of electronic trade documentation and learn from IPPC’s efforts to develop electronic phytosanitary certificates; and
e) to monitor and advise on Parties’ work related to the development of traceability systems for specimens of CITES-listed species to facilitate their harmonization with CITES permits and certificates.

Traceability

Traceability

The Standing Committee shall, at its 68th meeting, establish a working group on traceability, which will work in collaboration with the Secretariat to:
a) recommend a working definition of 'traceability' to assist Parties in work related to the implementation of traceability systems;
b) encourage Parties that are developing traceability systems to ensure they are complementary, mutually supportive and standardized, as appropriate, and that they are adapted to the unique conditions relating to trade in CITES-listed species;
c) provide general guidance on a mechanism to coordinate and oversee the development of traceability systems using lessons learned from the development of the global CITES permits and certificates system, global information and traceability systems, and other relevant initiatives;
d) subject to the availability of external resources, and as appropriate, develop and make use of umbrella guidelines, and recommend standards, to develop traceability systems for different species that are mutually supportive and that generate standardized data;
e) subject to the availability of external resources, analyse examples that describe CITES supply chains, including but not limited to those using Unified Modelling Language, and identify points throughout the supply chain where specimens should be located, verified, and its application defined, bearing in mind a wide range of production systems and life forms;
f) take into account the work on e-permitting to ensure links between CITES permits and certificates and traceability identifiers;
g) collaborate with United Nations and other relevant organizations that have experience in the development and use of traceability standards and systems; and
h) draft a resolution on traceability, as deemed necessary, to be submitted to the Standing Committee, taking into account any relevant conclusions and recommendations of the report resulting from Decision 17.154, as appropriate, for consideration at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)

Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)

The Standing Committee shall evaluate the data and information submitted by Parties at its 69th and 70th meetings and make recommendations for any additional actions.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Standing Committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the 18th Conference of Parties.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Based on its assessment of progress by Mozambique and Viet Nam, both at its 69th and 70th meetings, the Standing Committee shall determine if Mozambique and Viet Nam have satisfactorily addressed all recommendations, or if further actions, up to and including compliance measures, are warranted.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Standing Committee shall evaluate the report of the Secretariat on its missions to Mozambique and Viet Nam, and shall make any additional recommendations for further action and request additional reporting to its 70th meeting, as necessary.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Standing Committee shall evaluate the reports submitted by Mozambique and Viet Nam, as called for in the recommendations agreed at its 67th meeting, and shall make additional recommendations as appropriate.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Standing Committee shall evaluate, at its 69th and 70th meetings, Parties’ implementation of Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP17) and measures to prevent and combat rhinoceroses poaching and trafficking in rhinoceros horn, taking into consideration the recommendations in CoP17 Doc.68 Annex 5 and, focusing particularly on countries identified for priority attention as presented in that report, make any recommendations as appropriate.

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