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High-level Panel Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking"

New York, 26 September 2013
UN General Assembly side event hosted by Germany and Gabon
Moderator's Summary
We have had a wonderful discussion today.

African countries move ahead in establishing new electronic trade systems

Over 150 Customs and government officials, international organizations and the private sector met in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 16 to 18 September 2013 to take stock of progress made in Africa with regard to the establishment of Single Window environments and to discuss new projects and initiatives.  The International Single Window Conference & Exhibition also offered participants the opportunity to meet with the private sector and view new trade-related technologies and systems. 

Los países africanos avanzan en la implantación de los nuevos sistemas de comercio electrónico

Más de 150 funcionarios gubernamentales y de Aduanas, junto con organizaciones internacionales y representantes del sector privado se reunieron en Antananarivo, Madagascar, los días 16 al 18 de septiembre de 2013 para evaluar el progreso logrado en África respecto de la creación de entornos de Ventanilla Única y para hablar de nuevos proyectos e iniciativas. El Congreso y Exposición sobre la Ventanilla Única Internacional también supuso una oportunidad para los participantes para reunirse con el sector privado y conocer las nuevas tecnologías y sistemas relacionados con el comercio.

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.