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Fifty-eighth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC58)

6-10 July 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 6 July 2009

SC58 opens

The 58th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC58) of the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) opened today in Geneva, Switzerland and will continue until Friday, 10 July. CITES Secretary-General, Willem Wijnstekers, opened the meeting and welcomed delegates. He explained that SC Vice-Chair Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah (Ghana) would chair the meeting, as SC Chair Cristian Maquieira (Chile) could not be present.

Delegates addressed administrative and substantive matters, including: rules of procedure; admission of observers; arrangements from the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP15), to be held from 13-25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar; selection of chairmanship of the scientific committees; and CITES and livelihoods. Several parties also provided updates on progress made in developing national CITES-related legislation.
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L-R: Marcos Silva, CITES Secretariat; Thomas Althaus (Switzerland), Animals Committee Chair; and Margarita Clemente (Spain), Plants Committee Chair, shortly before the beginning of the afternoon plenary session.
L-R: Willem Wijnstekers, CITES Secretary-General; Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah (Ghana), Chair of the Standing Committee; and Jonathan Barzdo, CITES Secretariat, open the meeting.
Delegates attending the 58th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.
Qatar confirmed that all delegates are welcome to attend CoP15, to be held in Doha, Qatar in March 2010.
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IISD RS resources
IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-fourth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC24), 20-24 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Eighteenth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC18), 17-21 March 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS Summary and Analysis of SC57, 14-18 July 2008, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
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