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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

7-11 July 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Monday, 7 July 2014
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In his opening remarks, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, said that “the international community now looks to this Committee to review progress against the significant outcomes of CoP 16, to support States in their collective efforts to implement CITES, and, where appropriate, to make use of the compliance measures that the Parties to the Convention have entrusted to this Committee.”
CITES SC65On Monday morning in Geneva, Switzerland, Standing Committee Chair Øystein Størkersen (Norway) opened the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65) highlighting the success of the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2013. CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon noted the size and importance of SC65, comparing it to a mini COP. He welcomed this increased level of participation and attention whilst noting the need to plan and budget for it. He drew attention to synergies with other organizations and to the many initiatives and events demonstrating wide-ranging support from the likes of presidents, royal families and individuals in the public eye.

Throughout the day delegates discussed: amendments to the Rules of Procedure; administrative arrangements between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and CITES with Secretary-General Scanlon stressing UNEP’s comparative advantage lies in programme, financing and UN system-wide support, not in providing administrative services; the reports of the Scientific Committees; a World Wildlife Day Working Group to elaborate ideas on how best to showcase future celebrations; cooperation with other organizations; and innovative financing mechanisms, such as the “Endangered Species Technology and Innovation Fund.”
Colman O’Criodain, WWF
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At a side event, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016 outlining its strategies to combat wildlife and forest crime, and the Annual Report for 2013 detailing the activities completed by the consortium.
Representatives from INTERPOL, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), CITES and the World Bank discussed the use of DNA and stable isotope forensics to fight illegal wildlife trade in the ICCWC side event.

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World Wildlife Fund International, Norwegian Environment Agency
World Wildlife Fund International, Norwegian Environment Agency

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*IISD RS coverage of the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES (CoP16), 3-14 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CITES SC62, 23-27 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Twenty-sixth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the CITES Animals and Plants Committees and CITES Twentieth meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20), 15-20 March 2012, 22-24 March 2012 and 26-30 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CITES SC61, 15-19 August 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of AC25, 18-22 July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of PC19, 18-21 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the CITES CoP15, 13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS archive of CITES meetings

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