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Opening remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General

62nd meeting of the Standing Committee

23 July 2012

Good morning and I join with the Chair in extending a very warm welcome to our Standing Committee members and alternates, together with Observers from CITES Parties, IGOs and NGOs.

Web-based course for Customs now available on the CITES Virtual College

An updated and improved version of the course on Introduction to CITES for Customs is now available through the CITES Virtual College ( in English, French and Spanish. This course is open to Customs officials, CITES authorities and persons involved in work related to CITES.

CITES: From Stockholm in ‘72 to Rio+20 - Back to the future ( 6 July 2012)

Travelling from the Odeon Cinema in downtown Rio de Janeiro – where we launched our film Rhinos under threat, to Riocentro in Barra de Tijuca – where the Rio+20 negotiations took place, can be a long trip. Several hours in a bus gives one a lot of time to think about a longer journey: the one that the international community has made from Stockholm in 1972 to Rio in 2012

Tracking technologies for CITES tree species

Workshop on Tracking technologies for forest governance, Kuala Lumpur, 15-17 May 2012

Due to the increasing need to more effectively implement CITES for listed  tree species and their products, the CITES Secretariat and the Secretariat of ITTO have joined forces to support the efforts of Parties to make use of modern tracking technologies, including through producing a draft Compendium on Timber Marking and Tracking Technologies.

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United States of America Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

‘Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa’

Written testimony of John E. Scanlon
Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

24 May 2012, Washington D.C., the United States of America

CITES Secretary-General, Mr. John E. Scanlon address to the Meeting on the Development of CITES E-Permitting Systems

9 May 2012, Guangzhou, China

Ms. YIN Hong, Vice Administrator of the State Forestry Administration
Dr. MENG Xianlin, Executive Director-General of the CITES Management Authority of China
Mr. XU Hui, Director General of the Guangzhou Branch Office of the CITES Management Authority of China
Mr. MENG Fan, Deputy Director-General, Forestry Department of Guangdong Province

Royal Thai Customs Officers enhance capacities through the CITES Virtual College

During a special course held from 14 March to 23 May 2012 at the National Institute Development Administration, in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Customs Officers used training materials available through the CITES Virtual College to enhance their capacity in dealing with the challenges posed by illegal trade in wildlife.

CITES and FAO promote better understanding of the application and effectiveness of international regulatory measures for the conservation and sustainable use of sharks

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), listed in CITES Appendix II, is one of
the 12 species of shark that have been included in CITES Appendices

Presentation of John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF)

GMEF Plenary Panel on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

12th Special Session

21 February 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

Panel Chair, Minister Solheim, Honorable Ministers, and distinguished delegates.