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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

Karen Gaynor, Chair, Committee I; John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES; CoP Chair
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa;
Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa; and
Jonathan Barzdo, Chair, Committee II, join hands to celebrate the closure of CITES CoP17

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CITES CoP17 delegates reconvened in Plenary to adopt all documents and proposals, with some Parties’ attempts to reopen discussions on Peregrine falcon and African grey parrot defeated. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 6:11 PM.

The sound of the gavel in plenary was reminiscent of the opening ceremony, when delegates drummed in unison and wild enthusiasm, setting the rhythm for the largest CoP to date. Thanks to a highly organized Secretariat, the expert leadership of Committee Chairs, the tireless efforts of drafting and in-session working groups, and the collaborative spirit of Parties, delegates reached consensus on most agenda items and debated on the others in a respectful manner. If this is indeed John Scanlon’s last CITES CoP in the role of Secretary-General, as rumor has it, he will be leaving on a high note.

"Although we were all drumming in a slightly different way," Scanlon noted in the closing ceremony, "we were all drumming to the same beat. That was the spirit of this meeting."

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of CoP17 will be available on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

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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Plenary


View of the dais during plenary


Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

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


Jonathan Barzdo, Chair, Committee II

Karen Gaynor, Chair, Committee I

Craig Hoover, US


Delegates take note of recommendations as they are adopted


Daven Joseph, Antigua and Barbuda

Thea Carroll, South Africa


Elizabeth Taylor Jay, Colombia

Shereefa Al-Salem, Kuwait

Cyril Taolo, Botswana


Basile van Havre, Canada

Øystein Størkersen, Norway

Paul Murphy, Australia



Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo, Gabon

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES


Ghanim Abdulla Mohammed, Qatar

Ernesto Adobo, Philippines

Shirley Ramírez Carvajal, Costa Rica


Delegates vote on whether to re-open items


Umeed Khalid, Pakistan

Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico


Colman O Criodain,
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Susan Lieberman,
Wildlife Conservation Society, US

Will Travers,
Species Survival Network (SSN)


Juney Ward, Secretariat of the Pacific
Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Josef Schmuck, Documentation Center for Species Protection


Delegates applaud the conclusion of the meeting


Closing Remarks


A South African singer performs at the closing ceremony


Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, thanks delegates for attending the meeting

A glass rhino statue is given in thanks to Committee members


John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, gives gifts of thanks to CoP Chair Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International
Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, Committee Chairs Jonathan Barzdo and Karen Gaynor, and Edna Molewa,
Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Delegates give a standing ovation to John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, for his work at CITES CoP17



A beaded blue crane is handed over to Sunil De Silva, Sri Lanka, to congratulate them on their selection to host the next CoP


CoP Chair Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, closes CoP17


World Wildlife Day Awards


John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES (L), and Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa (R),
present awards to the three winners of UN World Wildlife Day poster competition:
Yang Lijie, China (not present); Nabil Mendjeli, Algeria; and Patrick George, UK



Around the Venue


Delegates from Africa


Jonathan Barzdo, Chair, Committee II, and
Karen Gaynor
, Chair, Committee I

Resson Kantai Duff, Save the Elephants


Delegates from Iran

Delegates from Ireland



Delegates from Brazil

Delegates from Guatemala


Delegates from Trinidad and Tobago

Delegates from Sudan


Delegates from the South Pacific stand with the Fiji flag


Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC

Melanie Virtue, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), speaks with a delegate


Delegates wore a variety of animal-themed outfits throughout the week





Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering CITES CoP17: Tanya Rosen; Kate Harris;
Annelies van Gaalen; Bo-Alex Fredvik; Tasha Golberg; and Kiara Worth


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