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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16)

3-14 March 2013 | Bangkok, Thailand
 
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CITES
CITES CoP16The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) convened in the morning in Bangkok, Thailand. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister, Thailand, officially opened the meeting. She highlighted Thailand’s commitment to the Convention and to enhancing cooperation in conservation and in combatting illegal trade. John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, welcomed over 2000 registered participants from over 150 countries, including more than 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations. Highlighting that “we know the way, but we need the collective will,” he called upon parties to take action on addressing wildlife crime, among other issues. In a video statement, His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, called for parties to work together to reverse the “current alarming trends” in the illegal killing of African elephants and rhinos and the surge in illegal trade of ivory.

A variety of artists then presented a multimedia art performance called “Balance: Sustainable,” consisting of music, dance, video and sand art, on the theme of wildlife trade and conservation.

In the afternoon, the CoP addressed possible changes to the Rules of Procedure, among different administrative and strategic matters. Noting the lack of consensus on the issue, the Chair deferred further discussions to a later date.
H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, sounded the gong three times to officially
open CITES CoP16.
 
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H.R.H. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, delivering a video message to CoP16 participants.
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Øystein Størkersen, Chair of the Standing Committee (SC)
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Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
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John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
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H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand
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H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand with CoP16 VIPs
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Opening Plenary Performance by Balance: Sustainable
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Work Programme
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H.E. Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand is welcomed as President of CoP16.
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L-R: Vice Minister Pithaya Pookaman and Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
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L-R: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General; Vice Minister Pithaya Pookaman and Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand; Jonathan Barzdo, CITES Secretariat; Øystein Størkersen, Chair of the Standing Committee (SC)
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L-R: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General and Vice Minister Pithaya Pookaman, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
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Masa Miyahana, Japan
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Faleafaga Toni Tipama'a, Samoa
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Lu Xiaoping, China
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Feargal O'Coigligh, Ireland
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Moustafa Mokhtar Ali Fouda, Egypt
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Delegates from Mexico
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L-R: Carlos Ibero Solana (Spain), Chair, Animals Committee; Margarita Clemente-Muñoz (Spain), Chair, Plants Committee (PC); and Noel McGough, Flora Nomenclature Specialist
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Delegates from Brazil
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CITES Secretariat with participants from UNEP
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Polar bear toy making a plea to CoP16 delegates.
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Related Links
CoP16 resources
*CoP16 website
*CoP16 agenda and working documents
*Proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II
*Information documents
*List of proposals with Secretariat’s recommendations
*Standard nomenclature – Standard references to be considered at CoP16 (Notification to the Parties No. 2012/060)

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixty-second meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 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 the Sixty-first meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 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 Summary and Analysis of the Fifty-eighth meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 6-10 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of AC24, 20-24 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of PC18, 17-21 March 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS archive of CITES meetings
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