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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 Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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Flags fly outside the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) as the third day of CITES SC69 continues

CITES On Wednesday, the Standing Committee (SC) resumed its discussions in plenary. In-session working groups continued to meet on the margins of the meeting, including in the evening.

In the morning, the SC deliberated on matters of food security, livelihoods, engagement of rural communities in CITES and terminology related to local, indigenous and rural communities. Interventions from participants included pleas to consider the effects of CITES decisions on local people. Intersessional working groups were formed on livelihoods and on rural communities, with the chair of the latter tasked with identifying relevant rural community representatives in consultation with parties. The SC also considered reports on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UN World Wildlife Day, combating wildlife cybercrime, disposal of confiscated specimens and specimens produced from synthetic or cultured DNA.

In the afternoon, the SC returned to the issue of livelihoods and food security, agreeing to a revised mandate for an intersessional working group. Discussions proceeded quickly on purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates, definition of the term “appropriate and acceptable destinations,” electronic systems and information technologies and traceability, as well as cheetahs. Delegates also discussed issues related to sturgeons and paddlefish, sharks and rays, the African lion and CITES Appendix III. Several intersessional working groups were formed.

At an event held alongside CITES SC69, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) announced new funding to step up the fight against illegal wildlife trade. The new funding will come from the EU (EUR 13,500,000), Germany (EUR 400,000) and the UK (GBP 4,000,000), which in addition to the support provided by France and the Principality of Monaco (EUR 85,000 and EUR 200,000), totals USD 20 million for the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme 2016-2020.

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Morning Plenary


View of plenary during the morning session


Carolina Caceres, Standing Committee (SC) Chair, Canada

Sarah Bagnall, New Zealand


João Loureiro, Portugal

Sara Yalle Paredes, Peru

Basile van Havre, Canada


Ron Thomson, The True Green Alliance

Sabri Zain, TRAFFIC

Maurice Isaacs, the Bahamas



Daven Joseph, Antigua and Barbuda

Kristina Rodina, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Nero Cunha Ferreira, Brazil 


Kumara Wakjira, Ethiopia

Felix Monggae, Botswana

Thierry Lucas, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Olga Kumalo, South Africa

Max Abensperg-Traun, Austria



Afternoon Plenary


Delegates during the afternoon plenary


Elly Hamunyela, Namibia

Karen Gaynor, CITES Secretariat


Ali Laouel Abbagana, Niger

Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland, Chair of the Animals Committee (AC)

Abba Sonko, Senegal


Benoit Doamba, Burkina Faso

Iris Ho, Humane Society International


Observer delegates raise their placards to be included in a working group


Armen Petrossian, International Caviar Importers Association

Tan York Chor, Singapore


Clara Nobbe, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

Paul De Ornellas, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Elizabeth Ferguson, Australia


Antonio Palma Inostroza, Chile

Daniel Fernando, Sri Lanka



Around the Venue


Delegates from Kenya


Delegates from Mexico and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Delegates from Peru


Delegates from Chile

Delegates from Italy



Delegates speak informally




A delegate reads the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website

Delegates review a document



Bee hives at the venue




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