Statements made by Mr John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

CITES and Livelihoods Workshop Opening remarks by Mr John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 23 November 2016, George, South Africa   Deputy Director-General, Mr Shonisani Munzhedzi, Distinguished guests and friends and colleagues from CITES Parties and international organizations,
Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade Intervention by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES Plenary Session 17-18 November 2016 – Hanoi, Vietnam   Hon. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, Dr. Ha Cong Tuan Hon. Ministers Distinguished guests Friends and colleagues
Remarks on the destruction of confiscated elephant ivory and rhino horn in Hanoi, Viet Nam John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 12 November 2016   Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentDistinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam for inviting me to witness the destruction of 2 tonnes of confiscated African elephant ivory and rhino horn today in Hanoi.
In every corner of our planet, a variety of threats such as habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation and illegal trade put intense pressure on wild populations of animals and plants. Illicit trafficking in wildlife now takes place at an industrial scale driven by transnational organized criminal groups. The phenomena poses a real and immediate danger to some of our most precious species.
NEW YORK – Poor and rural people around the world rely on plants and animals for shelter, food, income, and medicine. In fact, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 15) on sustainable ecosystems acknowledges many developing societies’ close relationship with nature when it calls for increased “capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities.” But how is this to be achieved?
In every corner of the world, wild plants and animals are under intense pressure as a result of habitat destruction, climate change, over-exploitation and illegal trade, which is taking place on an industrial scale. This is why, at the start of CITES #CoP17, I said the Johannesburg World Wildlife Conference was ‘critical’ to securing the future of wildlife.
CITES CoP17 John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General Opening Ceremony Speech Johannesburg, 24 September 2016   Honourable Ministers Distinguished Guests Friends and colleagues ----- Photo credit: IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth It is a great pleasure to be here in the City of Johannesburg – the vibrant heart of South Africa on such a special day, and happy Heritage Day!
CITES CoP17 - Ministerial Lekgotla - 23 September 2016, Johannesburg Address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General CITES ‘CITES and its role in advancing the achievement of the SDGs through legal and sustainable trade and tackling illegal trade in wildlife’ Thank you Minister Molewa. Today’s Ministerial High Level Event is the largest such gathering in the history of CITES, and the CoP to start tomorrow is the largest and busiest meeting in the history of the Convention. It is clear that everyone wants to be right here in Johannesburg!
Time for Change Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 22 September, 2016 Address by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General   Thank you Hugh. Your Royal Highness in London, Dr. Handa in Tokyo, Your Excellences and friends of wildlife from right across the globe – welcome to the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg!
Talk of prohibiting, preventing and countering corruption must take centre stage when signatories to the Cites treaty on regulating the international trade in wildlife meet in Johannesburg this weekend. The world is witnessing an unprecedented surge in wildlife trafficking that is stealing the irreplaceable natural wealth of countries, greatly hindering development, paralysing efforts to eradicate poverty, and undermining conservation efforts. This illicit trade in wildlife is well organised, transnational and happening across every region. As countries prepare to meet in Johannesburgthis weekend for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Cites (CoP17), there is increasing recognition that to curb the global surge in wildlife trafficking we must counter the corrosive corruption that enables it.

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