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How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity - External link to CITES Secretary-General's Op Ed

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature.

Malagasy President and CITES Secretary-General discuss actions to stem illegal timber trade in the margins of 69th UN General Assembly

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Summary of the High-level Discussion at United Nations Headquarters - Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community, United Nations Headquarters, New York

High-level Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking
Towards Joint Action by the International Community "

A joint event of the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany

United Nations Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2014

Welcome and Opening Remarks by co-Hosts

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic

The recovery of the CITES-listed African black and white rhino populations in the wild over the past few decades, after being hunted close to extinction, is a great conservation success story – and for the first seven years of this century poaching levels had remained low at around ten a year.

After 2007, however, a sharp upward trend in poaching started to emerge – a trend that has continued to the point where over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn in South Africa alone in 2013 and over 700 killed so far this year.

ICCWC Senior Experts Group meets in Geneva to review delivery of activities to combat wildlife crime

The Senior Experts Group of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) met in Geneva last week to discuss progress with its collaborative activities to combat wildlife crime.

World-wide efforts to prepare for the landmark CITES shark and manta ray listings (video by Pew)

Stronger protection for five shark species and all manta rays

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FAO and CITES support India’s effort in coordinating the Bay of Bengal regional cooperation on sharks and manta rays

Geneva, 3 September 2014:  The Bay of Bengal Capacity Building Workshop on CITES Appendix II Listings of Shark and Manta Ray Species was held in Chennai, India from 26 to 28 August 2014. The workshop was hosted by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (CITES Management of Authority of India), in cooperation with the C.P.R.

CITES Secretary General's message to the Workshop on Implementing New CITES Shark Listings, Chennai, India - External link to CITES Secretary-General's speech