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69th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

27 November - 1 December 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 27 November 2017

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Delegates gather in plenary for the first day of CITES SC69

CITES On Monday, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), welcomed participants to Geneva for the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC), likening the gathering to a “mini-CoP.” He highlighted a recent UN General Assembly Resolution on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife and called for increased efforts to put trade in CITES-listed timber on a legal and sustainable footing. He stressed the SC’s “supportive and non-adversarial” approach to CITES compliance matters. SC Chair Carolina Caceres (Canada) noted the packed agenda at SC69 and urged participants to summon a “spirit of collaboration” in order to complete the work required before SC70 and the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18). The SC then considered administrative, financial and compliance issues, including on introduction from the sea of specimens from the North Pacific population of the sei whale. Switzerland announced it would provide 1 million Swiss Francs to the CITES Secretariat each year, starting in 2019, pending approval by its parliament for the budget increase. Sri Lanka announced the dates for CITES CoP18 in Sri Lanka (May 22 - June 3 2019).

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during the morning plenary


Carolina Caceres, Standing Committee (SC) Chair, Canada

 John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES


Levente Kőrösi, Hungary

Craig Hoover, US

Christo Janse van Noordwyk, South Africa


Teona Karchava, Georgia

Ravinatha Aryasinha, Sri Lanka



Simon Nemtzov, Israel

Sandeep Bhambra, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Thomas Jemmi, Switzerland

Claudia Sobrevila, speaking on behalf of the World Bank (WB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico


Øystein Størkersen, Norway

Wahito Yamada, Japan



Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during afternoon plenary


João Loureiro, Portugal

Rod Hay, New Zealand


Staci McLennan, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Abba Sonko, Senegal

Ana Silvia Morales, Guatemala


Jorge Rodríguez Romero, EU

Patrick Omondi, Kenya



Osakuade Michael, Nigeria

Daven Joseph, Antigua and Barbuda


Ali Laouel Abbagana, Niger

Ilse Kiessling, Australia

Zhang Yue, China


Sue Fisher, Animal Welfare Institute


Eugène Lapointe, IWMC World Conservation Trust



Evening Reception Hosted by the EU


Delegates gather for the evening reception hosted by the EU


Jorge Rodríguez Romero, EU (right), welcomes delegates to the reception




Around the Venue


Delegates between sessions


Delegates from Lao People’s Democratic Republic and China

Delegates from the Russian Federation


Delegates from Madagascar confer


Delegates from the United Arab Emirats (UAE)

Members of the Secretariat before the start of the meeting



Benoit Doamba, Burkina Faso; Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Ghana; and Narcisse Lambert Mbarga, Cameroon

Media around the venue



Delegates speak informally






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