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Consultancy announcement

The following consulting opportunity to assist the CITES Secretariat with the establishment and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans is now available.

The Terms of Reference for the consultancy are available here in PDF format.

Applications must be submitted to [email protected] before 11 April 2014.

CITES Celebrates the International Day of Forests

CITES welcomes Viet Nam Prime Minister’s Directive to combat wildlife crime

Viet Nam’s Prime Minister, Mr Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, has issued a Directive to Ministries, sectors and local authorities to prioritise and strengthen responses to wildlife crime, including the trafficking of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.

CITES welcomes UNESCO, UNODC and UNWTO anti-trafficking campaign

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking, including wildlife trafficking.

CITES Secretary General at World Tourism Forum Think Tank

CITES Secretary General at World Tourism Forum Think Tank
Lucerne, March 2 2014

On the eve of World Wildlife Day, the Secretary General of CITES, John E Scanlon has, by invitation, addressed the World Tourism Forum Think Tank.

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the World Wildlife Day website

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the World Wildlife Day website. See more 

The 180th Party: Iraq

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Iraq as the 180th Party to CITES.
Iraq is located in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf in the south east.

CITES Secretariat welcomes Operation Cobra II results

Geneva, 10 February 2014 – The CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, today welcomed the excellent results achieved by law enforcement officers from 28 countries during Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade, which ended on 27 January 2014.

International trade and the sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources


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The role of trade in safeguarding biodiversity, and particularly its role in enhancing livelihoods in developing countries, was highlighted at a side event held on 5 February in New York during the eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

World Wildlife Day logo

3 February 2014: Further to Notification to the Parties No. 2014/004, the CITES Secretariat is pleased to make available today the logo created to celebrate the first World Wildlife Day (3 March 2014) as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assemby. We welcome all countries, organizations and all interested individuals to make use of the logo in their celebration of the first World Wildlife Day.