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The 174th Party: Armenia

The Secretariat is pleased to welcome Armenia as the 174th Party to CITES.

Armenia is situated in the Caucasus region, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It borders Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, all of which have already joined the Convention.

New Party to CITES

CITES Secretary-General highlights Japan’s contribution to CITES implementation

CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon visited Tokyo and Yokohama from 20 to 22 August 2013,, to promote increased support to implementing new CITES listings. His visit followed similar missions to several capitals, including Brasilia, Brussels, and Beijing, as well as a visit to Bonn.

Amazon region countries move forward in the use of new technologies to ensure legal trade in wildlife

Member countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization met in Quito, Ecuador from 22 to 23 August 2013 to take stock of progress made in the implementation of a project to develop CITES e-permitting systems and Single Window environments and to discuss new mechanisms to increase further collaboration and sharing of expertise. Substantial progress has been achieved, especially with regard to ensuring that CITES e-permitting systems are developed in alignment with recommendations found in the CITES e-permitting toolkit and with the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model.

CITES pays tribute to Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin

Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin
(photo: IUCN ELP)

With great sadness the Secretariat must report the untimely death of Dr Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin, one of the main architects of CITES.

Wildlife crime is robbing the future of Africa - Jeune Afrique

Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and 
CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon

21 Branch offices of the Chinese CITES Management Authority meet with the CITES Secretary-General

The CITES Secretary-General has for the first time met with the 21 Branch offices of the Chinese Management Authority at a National CITES Retreat and Training session held in Jilin Province, China, in July 2013.

World Ranger Day 2013: Message from the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon

Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2013


ICCWC deploys a Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST) to Sri Lanka

In response to the need to take new approaches to combat the illegal trade more effectively, the International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Teams (WIST).

German Ministries and CITES Secretary-General meet to discuss measures to fight wildlife crime

Efforts to fight poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and international support for global, regional and national initiatives, were the focus of discussions in Bonn on 24 July, 2014 between representatives from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon.