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

  Corruption as an enabler of wildlife and forest crime Joint Statement of Mr Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES  Saint Petersburg, 3 November 2015 As the world turns to realising the new development agenda with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are concerned that spiralling wildlife and forest crime, fuelled by corrosive corruption, can impede vital progress.
Workshop on illegal trade in cheetahs 3 – 5 November 2015 Kuwait Welcoming remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General   His Excellency Sheikh/ Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah - Director of the Environmental Public Authority of the State of Kuwait & Chairman of the Board Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues We are most grateful to the Environmental Public Authority of the State of Kuwait for hosting and financing this week’s workshop on illegal trade in cheetahs.
Corruption is “an insidious plague” that is present in the wildlife sector just as it is in other sectors, indeed in virtually any form of human activity. A clear message of the determination of the international community to work to prevent and combat corruption was sent with the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) of the UN Convention Against Corruption in 2003 and its entry into force in 2005.
This week in New York, the U.N. General Assembly will adopt a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that represent an unprecedented opportunity to safeguard globally threatened wildlife species. The new goals are part of an agenda called Transforming Our World: The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – a vision for the planet in which “humanity lives in harmony with nature and in which wildlife and other living species are protected.”
Keynote Address 'CITES and wildlife trade – how CITES works and what it is and isn’t’ John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat Tbilisi, 20 October 2015
22nd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee 19 – 23 October 2015 Tbilisi Welcoming remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary General   Mr. Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia First Deputy Minister Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia Chair of Plants Committee, Professor Margarita Clemente, and members of the Committee   Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues,
Global trade in wild animal and plant species, including fish and timber, is on the rise - both legal and illegal. Legal and sustainable trade in certain species, such as the wool of the vicuna or the bark of the African cherry tree, can benefit people and wildlife. The current surge in illegal wildlife trade, estimated to be in the billions of dollars annually, is having devastating economic, social and environmental impacts. But not all the costs of wildlife trafficking can be quantified. Iconic species like elephants, and the lesser-known but heavily trafficked pangolin, are being driven toward what experts warn may be the next big extinction.
CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015 Geneva, 29 September 2015 ‘Air transport’s role in reducing Illegal trade in wildlife’ Address by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES   Director General and CEO of IATA, Tony Tyler Director General of Airports Council International, Angela Gittens Director General of CANSO, Jeff Poole
TED-type talk, known as a Tree Talk, on legal and illegal trade in wildlife, delivered at the Wildlife Forum held during the XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, September 2015.
Symposium on the interface between international and domestic environmental law Keynote Address CITES and wildlife trade - International cooperation and national action John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat Tel Aviv, Israel, 31 August 2015   Good morning and thank you to our colleagues in the Israel Nature and Parks Authority for organizing today’s Symposium and for giving me the opportunity to address you.