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Tanzania withdraws its proposal to downlist African elephant

The 177th Party: Maldives

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Maldives as the 177th Party to CITES.

CITES Secretary-General welcomes adoption of a draft resolution for the United Nations General Assembly urging countries to  take action against illegal wildlife trade

CBOL receives $3 million grant from Google Foundation to barcode endangered species

C ITES supports UNODC-led PATROL cross-border law enforcement training programme in Cambodia and Viet Nam

Flagship species and the conservation of the entire ecosystem: why individual species matter

Opening Presentation of CITES Secretary-General
Mr. John E. Scanlon*
at the joint side-event during CBD CoP11

18 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

Good morning and welcome to this joint side event being convened by the CITES Secretariat together with the Secretariats of the CBD, CMS, UNEP and IUCN.

CITES trade: a snapshot

International trade in wildlife contributes substantially to the livelihoods of local and indigenous communities and of the rural poor. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that trade remains legal, sustainable and traceable, and that no species of wild animal or plant becomes threatened in the wild as a result of such trade.

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