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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

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