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CITES welcomes G7 Environment Ministers Communiqué in the lead up to CITES CoP 17 in South Africa

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not an official document.


Record agenda for World Wildlife Conference – CITES CoP17 – 
 to be held in South Africa in September

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Kenya is set to burn 105 tonnes of ivory – what does CITES, the world’s wildlife trade regulator, say?

The CITES Secretary-General will be amongst the special guests attending the ivory burn
on 30 April in Nairobi hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Call for wildlife conservation illustrated through inspiring artworks from people around the world

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not an official document.



CITES Secretary-General's remarks on the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory at Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General

14 April 2016


Hon. Dato Sri Dr Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia
Hon. Dato’ Sri Azizan Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment


Concrete measures agreed to tackle illicit trafficking in Siamese rosewood

Government of Thailand hosts the 2nd Regional Dialogue on Preventing
Illegal Logging and Trade of Siamese Rosewood

CITES Secretary-General’s statement at the largest ever crush of confiscated elephant ivory in Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya 2016

CITES Secretary-General visits Samoa to promote stronger representation in CITES by Pacific island countries and to support enhanced implementation

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CITES highlights its contribution to sustainable forest management on International Day of Forests 2016

Today is the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, and home to more than 80% of all known terrestrial species of animals and plants. They play a vital role in storing water, regulating climate, preserving soils and nurturing biodiversity, and provide important economic and social services. 

CITES Secretary-General's statement on outcomes of World Wildlife Day 2016

The global community observed UN World Wildlife Day for the third time on 3 March 2016 with countries and people from right across the globe rallying around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands”.

This special day for wildlife on the UN calendar has once again given the world a chance to reconnect with our planet’s wild side and to acknowledge our collective responsibility to bring illegal wildlife trade to an end.