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

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature.
High-level Discussion: "Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking – Towards Joint Action by the International Community " A joint event of the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany United Nations Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2014 Welcome and Opening Remarks by co-Hosts H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic. H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The recovery of the CITES-listed African black and white rhino populations in the wild over the past few decades, after being hunted close to extinction, is a great conservation success story – and for the first seven years of this century poaching levels had remained low at around ten a year. After 2007, however, a sharp upward trend in poaching started to emerge – a trend that has continued to the point where over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn in South Africa alone in 2013 and over 700 killed so far this year.
Message of the CITES CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, to the SPREP regional preparatory meeting for the Conference of the Parties of CBD, CMS and Ramsar Convention
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2014   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.  It was first observed in 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF).   
Opening Remarks by John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General at the Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee Geneva (Switzerland), 7 July 2014 Thank you Chair and I would like to join with you in extending a very warm welcome to the Standing Committee Members, their alternates, Party Observers, and Inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and the private sector.  To those distinguished participants who are observing the month of fasting, I wish to say Ramadan Kareem and wish you a happy and blessed month. -----
‘Illegal Wildlife Trade’ UN Environment Assembly Intervention by John E. Scanlon Secretary-General of CITES Nairobi, Kenya – 26 June 2014   The scale and nature of illegal wildlife trade have changed over the years and so is the global response [1].
Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development - A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law   ‘The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade’    Presentation by   John E. Scanlon Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat   Tuesday, 24 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya   
Update on FAO-CITES activities related to commercially-exploited aquatic species   John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 9-13 June 2014, Rome, Italy Chair, Johan H. Williams Committee delegates Colleagues Thank you for giving us the opportunity to briefly address this Agenda Item on the results of the Fourteenth Session of the FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade. ------