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CITES convenes international technical workshop on eels (Anguilla spp.) at Royal Botanic Gardens KEW, London, UK

On 18-20 March 2018, more than 45 experts from over 15 countries met at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London for an international workshop on the conservation, management, fisheries and trade in eels (Anguilla spp.). The meeting was convened by the CITES Secretariat and participants included eel range States, trading countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group, the ICES/GFCM/EIFAAC Working Group on Eel, eel farmers and other eel and fisheries experts.

Key countries meet to further strengthen measures to tackle ivory trafficking

Geneva / Maputo, 7 May 2018- Over 60 representatives from 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, met in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1 to 4 May 2018, to discuss the development and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs).

First training workshop in a series kicked off in Indonesia as CITES strives to better regulate trade in captive-raised animals

A training workshop on the application of new CITES guidance on trade in captive-raised animals was held in Bogor, Indonesia from 1 to 4 May 2018, bringing together 50 participants from 11 Asian countries representing national CITES authorities, as well as international experts.

A Tribute to Philippe Bouché

Our friend and colleague Philippe Bouché passed away on 5 April 2018 in W National Park in Niger, West Africa. The plane he was piloting crashed during take-off and both Philippe and his passenger, a member of the park staff, were sadly killed. Philippe leaves behind his wife and their two children. 

Farewell messages for John E. Scanlon

Today is John E. Scanlon's last day as the Secretary-General of the CITES Secretariat. After 8 years of extraordinary service, we can confidently say that John has left the Convention and its Secretariat in an extremely strong position.

Early reflections on eight years as Secretary-General of CITES, 2010-2018

CITES initiative to improve regulation of trade in captive-raised animals and artificially propagated plants

The CITES Secretariat is making strides in improving the regulation of trade in captive-raised animals and artificially propagated plants with the publications of two guides for inspecting facilities producing such animals and plants, as well as guidance on the use of source codes.

CITES Secretary-General's Keynote address at the 37th Session of the Enforcement Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO) - Brussels, Belgium

“Customs Enforcement: Securing Trade and Travel”

Keynote address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

19 March 2018


Committee Chair, Abigail Bradshaw, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the 12th IATA World Cargo Symposium - Dallas, Texas, USA

12th IATA World Cargo Symposium

Dallas, 13 March 2018

‘Air cargo and the fight against illegal wildlife trade’

Keynote address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

CITES Secretary-General's opening remarks at UN World Wildlife Day 2018 Global Celebration - UN Headquarters, New York

UN World Wildlife Day 2018. Big Cats: Predators Under Threat!

Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon, Moderator and CITES Secretary-General

2 March 2018


Deputy Secretary-General, Excellences, Distinguished guests, friends of wildlife!