Highlights and images for 30 November 2017




On Thursday, participants reconvened in Geneva for the fourth day of the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (CITES SC69). When not meeting in in-session working groups, parties worked in plenary to tackle outstanding agenda items, including: cooperation with other biodiversity related conventions; review of the resolution on consideration of proposals for the transfer of the African elephant from Appendix I to Appendix II; and cooperation under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with special reference to the scientific and technical evaluation of listing proposals for commercially exploited aquatic species.

In deliberations on marine species listings, Secretary-General Scanlon outlined cooperative work between the FAO and the Secretariat, as well as close work with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), highlighting the “collegiality” as well as “breadth and depth” of the FAO-CITES relationship. During the day, the SC addressed the difficulties the Secretariat has faced in determining which of multiple authorities claiming to be Management Authorities in a party is authorized to communicate with other parties and with the Secretariat and represent a party at CITES meetings. On the implementation of the Convention, participants underscored that adequate national legislation is critical for regulating legal trade and combating illegal trade. SC69 also considered, among other issues, illegal trade in eels, rosewood timber species, and tortoises and freshwater turtles.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis report from the 69th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee. The summary and analysis is available in HTML and PDF.

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Morning Plenary

View of the dais during morning plenary

Carolina Caceres, Standing Committee (SC) Chair, Canada

 John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

Kumara Wakjira, Ethiopia

Craig Hoover, US

Hirohide Matsushima, Japan

Vanesa Tossenberger, Argentina

Solomon Kyalo, Kenya

Hélène Perier, EU

Firdaus Agung, Indonesia

Abednico Leano Macheme, Botswana

Jaques Berney, IWMC World Conservation Trust

Augustin Ngumbi Amuri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kim Friedman, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Dan Challender, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during afternoon plenary

Levente Kőrösi, Hungary

Haruko Okusu, CITES Secretariat

Charles Tumwesigye, Uganda

Andrea Gruber, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Chizamsoka Manda, Malawi

María Elena Sánchez Saldaña, Species Survival Network (SSN)

Blamah Sando Goll, Liberia

Rob Parry-Jones, WWF International

Nunes Tómas Mazivile, Mozambique

Jintana Nugranad, Thailand

Bill Clark, Israel

Maurice Isaacs, the Bahamas

Fernando Escobar Pacheco, Bolivia

Sara Yalle Paredes, Peru

Soumitra Dasgupta and Debabrata Swain, India, receive an award for “Operation Save Kurma,”
one of the largest seizures of live tortoises and turtles in South Asia to date

Delegates applaud India for their achievements

Around the Venue

Delegates from China

Delegates from Chad

Delegates from Saudi Arabia

Delegates read the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website

Francisco Rilla, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), speaks with Øystein Størkersen, Norway

Adrianne Sinclair, Canada, Chair of Plants Committee, consults with Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland, Chair of the Animals Committee

Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC

Tom De Meulenaer, CITES Secretariat, speaks with Ali Laouel Abbagana, Niger

A delegate from Spain reads the CITES guide for law enforcement agencies to combat illegal trade of Asian big cats

Delegates between sessions

Snowfall outside the venue


Negotiating blocs
European Union