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CITES Secretary General's intervention at the London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife

London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife
12 to 13 February 2014

Intervention by John E Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES 

We would like to thank the UK Government, and the British Royal Family, for their leadership and for the open and inclusive process that preceded today’s Conference.

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the Symposium on International Wildlife Trafficking

‘The international dimension to illicit wildlife trafficking – an Overview’

Symposium: International Wildlife Trafficking

London, 11-12 February, 2014

A United for Wildlife event hosted by Zoological Society of London

John E. Scanlon

Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat

Abstract of Presentation

CITES Secretariat welcomes Operation Cobra II results

Geneva, 10 February 2014 – The CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, today welcomed the excellent results achieved by law enforcement officers from 28 countries during Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade, which ended on 27 January 2014.

Key note address by CITES Secretary General at the side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

International trade and the sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources


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The role of trade in safeguarding biodiversity, and particularly its role in enhancing livelihoods in developing countries, was highlighted at a side event held on 5 February in New York during the eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

World Wildlife Day logo

3 February 2014: Further to Notification to the Parties No. 2014/004, the CITES Secretariat is pleased to make available today the logo created to celebrate the first World Wildlife Day (3 March 2014) as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assemby. We welcome all countries, organizations and all interested individuals to make use of the logo in their celebration of the first World Wildlife Day.

UN sanctions on armed groups financed by poaching and illicit wildlife trade in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United Nations Security Council adopted two Resolutions, 2134 (2014)  and 2136 (2014)  on 28 January and 30 January 2014 respectively, on UN sanctions targeting armed groups in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo financed by the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including poaching and illicit wildlife trade.

ITC and CITES team up to support livelihoods of poor rural communities

CITES Secretary-General’s statement at an event to crush confiscated elephant ivory

I would like to express my thanks to the Chinese Government for inviting me to Guangzhou today and to share some brief remarks with you this afternoon.
Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a problem worldwide.

There is strong evidence of the increased involvement of organized crime syndicates - and on some occasions rebel militia - in certain wildlife crimes that are operating through well-developed criminal networks. This has changed the dynamics of combating this highly destructive criminal activity, in particular as it relates to the African elephant.

UN General Assembly proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

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