- Provisional agenda and working documents
- Proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II
- CITES Secretariat recommendations on proposals
- Table of proposals and the CoP17 outcomes
- Information documents
- In-session documents
- Summary records
- Guidelines for the Visitor category
- Hotel information and booking codes - updated on 1 September.
- General information on the import of goods into the Republic oif South Africa
- Transportation & Directions from O.R. Tambo International Airport
- CoP17 Tour brochure - prepaired by the DEA, SA.
CITES Media Releases
- Largest ever World Wildlife Conference hailed as a ‘game changer’
- Wildlife enforcement networks meet to further strengthen collaboration to combat ‘industrial scale’ crime
- CoP17 hosts first ever wildlife crime partnerships forum
- Largest-ever World Wildlife Conference opens in Johannesburg with calls for changes to protection levels of 500 species of wild animals and plants
- CITES Secretariat presents its recommendations on proposals to amend the CITES Appendices
- South African Minister of Environmental Affairs signs host country agreement for CITES COP17
- South Africa: Minister Edna Molewa Discusses Preparations for Cites COP17
- Johannesburg host meeting on wildlife protection across Africa
- S. Africa to hold int'l meeting on wildlife protection in Africa
- SA to host next CITES conference
The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Center.
South Africa offered to host CoP17 at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok, March 2013), which was accepted by acclamation. Following discussions with the South African authorities and the finalization of an open bid process, the host city was announced through a joint media release on 19 June, 2015.
The South African Minister for Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, and the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, met at the CoP17 venue on 11 September, 2015, together with the Executive Director of the Sandton Convention Center, Matifadza Nyazema, and officials from the City of Johannesburg to discuss preparations for the meeting.
This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but it will the first held on the continent since 2000.