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

The latest CITES meeting on 24 September in Johannesburg will be one of the most critical meetings in the Convention’s 43 year history. The evils of the international drug trade, weapons smuggling, and human trafficking are well known. Drug turf wars devastate neighbourhoods while addicts leave behind the shattered lives of their families. The illicit weapons trade arms terrorists, brutal militias, and street gangs, while people smugglers fill leaky boats with desperate refugees and brothels with enslaved sex workers.
Consumers and collectors want sturgeon caviar, snakeskin bags, shark meat and fins, wild snowdrop bulbs, precious rosewood furniture, and quality agarwood oil, as well as rare birds, reptiles, cacti and orchids. But they rarely stop to think about their origins. There are now over seven billion people consuming biodiversity every day in the form of medicines, food, clothing, furniture, perfumes and luxury goods. Demand for products drawn from nature is increasing, and with it pressure is growing on some of our wildlife species.
“The future is in your hands.” This is an oft-repeated statement in remarks about young people meant to inspire them.   But frankly, it can also be read as a cop out, a statement that implies abdication of responsibility from our generation, as in “we’ve done all we can—it’s up to them now ...”We do not subscribe to this view.
  Representatives of Parties to CITES and the CBD, country representatives from hosting countries, colleagues from Convention Secretariats, regional partners, resource persons, ladies and gentleman. A very warm welcome to this regional preparatory briefing on the upcoming CITES CoP17 and CBD CoP13. We are delighted to be partnering with our good friends and colleagues at the CBD Secretariat in co-hosting these four regional meetings and we are express our deep appreciation to the European Union for providing the funding that has made these highly valuable briefings  possible.
World Ranger Day 2016 Message from CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon 31 July 2016 World Ranger Day honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants. 
Keynote Remarks Caribbean Regional Wildlife Enforcement Workshop John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General Bahamas, 20- 22 July 2016   The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment of the Bahamas Her Excellency, Lisa Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires to the Bahamas from the United States of America
Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking Symposium June 28 & 29, 2016, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Allder Auditorium, Springfield, Virginia, U.S.A. Keynote Address by John E. Scanlon CITES Secretary-General ‘CITES and tackling wildlife trafficking and CITES CoP 17’  
Special High-level event and Launch of the first “World Wildlife Crime” Report UN Headquarters New York, 6 June 2016 Remarks by John E. Scanlon Secretary-General CITES   H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly H. E. Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN  Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC Mr. Edmond Mulet, Chef de Cabinet to the UN Secretary-General Professor Lee White, Director Gabonese National Parks Service Dr. Cristián Samper, President of the Wildlife Conservation Society Ms. Famke Janssen, Actress and Humanitarian and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity  Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen -----
Angola – World Environment Day 2016 Message from John E Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General 5 June 2016   His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos,President of the Republic of Angola Honourable Maria de Fátima Jardim, Minister for Environment Honourable Pedro Mutindi,Governor of the Province of Kuando Kubango Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary Mr Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen All protocols observed  
German Bundestag (Federal Diet) Public discussion with experts on “the wildlife trade” including on “Combating poaching and the illegal wildlife trade” Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Marie-Elisabeth-Luders Building, Berlin Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon Cites Secretary-General   Honorable Committee Chair Distinguished Committee members Thank you for the invitation to participate in this public discussion on a topic that has for good reason captured significant political and public attention.