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'Rhinos under Threat' video kicks off new UN web series

Species+ now available

CITES shares experiences with Climate Change Convention

Geneva/Warsaw, 13 November, 2013 - By invitation, the Secretary-General of CITES, John E. Scanlon has shared experiences and lessons learned in implementing CITES with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Strengthening Regional Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime in West Asia

Countries of West Asia have agreed on a process aimed at strengthening regional cooperation to combat wildlife crime. The agreement was reached at a workshop hosted by Kuwait, from 29 to 31 October 2013, with the participation of officials from eight countries of West Asia: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

ICCWC delivers specialized training for wildlife law enforcement officers. Increased collaboration between African and Asian countries encouraged.

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) delivered a two-day cutting-edge training workshop to wildlife law enforcement officials from 21 countries in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 to 31 October 2013. 

UNCTAD and CITES hold meeting on traceability system for international trade in python skins from South-East Asia

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr. John Scanlon, and high-level officials of UNCTAD, have met with key players to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins, pursuant to decisions taken by the Parties to CITES.​

World Economic Forum, CITES, highlight using cutting edge technologies in better regulating wildlife trade

Creating an innovative funding mechanism to foster the development of cutting edge technologies to help CITES ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival is the topic of the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability 'Green Light' publication.

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New Checklist of CITES species now available online

Keeping track of the 35,000+ species listed under CITES has now been made easier through
the development of an online database-driven Checklist of CITES species

Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
October, 2013
Statement of John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES
President Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Vice Prime Minister, Sarpashev, Chair of the Forum Organizing Committee.
Distinguished delegates from across the 12 Range States of the snow leopard.

MEAs different approaches in support of implementation of the overall Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

Statement by CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon
16 October 2013