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17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

24 September - 5 October 2016 | Johannesburg, South Africa

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CITES CoP17

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is opened by traditional South African drummers

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The seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) convened in the morning in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma opened CoP17 and stated his country is taking action to address the illegal trade of wildlife as called for by the UN General Assembly and UN Environment Assembly. He stressed the importance of wildlife conservation to sustaining local communities and economic development through hunting and ecotourism. John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, welcomed Angola, Iraq, EU, Tajikistan and Tonga as new parties to CITES.

In the afternoon, participants began tackling the long agenda, starting with the Rules of Procedure. Given ongoing disagreements, the CoP17 Chair proposed, and the CoP agreed, to establish an overnight working group to resolve the voting rights of a regional economic integration organization (REIO), and report back to Plenary on Sunday.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report in English and French from CITES CoP17. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.
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Opening Ceremony


Traditional drummers welcome delegates to the meeting


Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa


Erik Solheim, UN Environment Programme
(UNEP) Executive Director

Øystein Størkersen, Chair, Standing Committee


John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES


South African dancers perform at the opening ceremony, welcoming delegates to the meeting





Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during the afternoon session


Øystein Størkersen, Chair, Standing Committee

CoP Chair Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa


Vladimir Ivlev, Russian Federation

Zhihua Zhou, China

Mauricio Escanero, Mexico


Daniel Ashe, Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Daniel Calleja, Director-General for the Environment, EU


Edis Solórzano, Venezuela

Simon Nemtzov, Israel

Gerhard Adams, Germany


Adrianne Sinclair, Acting Chair, CITES Plants Committee

Carolina Caceres, Chairman, CITES Animals Committee


Melanie Virtue, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland

Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP


Martha Nomaele, Youth Delegate, South Africa

Megan Reed, Youth Delegate, US


Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa


Delegates during the session


Civil Society Demonstration


Members of civil society demonstrate outside the Sandton Convention Centre before the start of the meeting




Around the Venue


Delegates gather for the opening ceremony


Delegates meet informally


Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP, speaks with delegates

Daniel Ashe (R), Director, USFWS, speaks with delegates


Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, speaks with the media

Erik Solheim, UNEP Executive Director, speaks with the media


Around the exhibition space





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