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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

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, with CoP Chair Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa

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CITES CoP17 reconvened Sunday afternoon. After resolving the stalemate on the Rules of Procedure, participants split into two Committees to continue deliberations. Committee I addressed corals and eel, among other topics, while Committee II discussed budget issues, in particular how the Secretariat might meet the demands of the increasing interest and participation in CITES. Working groups met late into the evening, including a closed Asia group on National Ivory Action Plans and the Elephant Trade Information System and a trilateral meeting with Japan, China and the US on coral.

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Main Plenary


View of the dais during plenary


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

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES


Øystein Størkersen, Chair,
Standing Committee

Wendy Jackson, New Zealand

Sabri Zain, TRAFFIC


Isabel Camarena Osorno, Mexico

Clarissa Nina, Brazil

Josef Schmuck, Documentation Center for
Species Protection


Maheshwar Dhakal, Nepal

Hiroyuki Nishiura, Japan



Committee I


Participants in Committee I


Karen Gaynor, Chair, Committee I

Hélène Perier, EU


Mauro Gongora, Belize

Pamela Scruggs, US

Ali Laouel Abbagana, Niger


Firdaus Agung, Indonesia


Committee II


View of the dais during Committee II


Paul Murphy, Australia

Susanne Bengtsson, CITES Secretariat

Jonathan Barzdo, Chair, Committee II


Bruce Weissgold, US

Simon Nemtzov, Israel

Mikhail Malkov, Russian Federation



Around the Venue


John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, shares a moment with CoP Chair Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa


Delegates from Kuwait

Interviews are conducted throughout the day


Delegates meet informally



Delegates between sessions




Around the exhibition venue





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