54th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee
2-6 October 2006 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Daily highlights:
Monday, 2 October - Tuesday, 3 October - Wednesday, 4 October - Thursday, 5 October - Friday, 6 October

Highlights for Tuesday, 3 October 2006

On Tuesday, delegates to the 54th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC-54) met in plenary to further discuss arrangements for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-14), and consider CITES relationship with UNEP, and cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Delegates also: reviewed the CITES scientific committees, and COP resolutions and decisions; addressed management of annual export quotas; and considered species-specific resolutions concerning, and trade in, Appendix-I species.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CITES and FAO. L-R: Kevern Cochrune, FAO, noted the growing cooperation between CITES and FAO during the four years of negotiations and discussions that led to finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. CITES Secretary-General Wijnstekers expressed hope that the MoU will help further combine the technical expertise of CITES and FAO to ensure management and conservation of aquatic resources.
Giuseppe Raaphorst, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, described his country’s proposal to hold a ministerial roundtable in conjunction with COP-14 to enhance political-level involvement in CITES and focus discussions on timber and marine species.
Animals Committee Chair Thomas Althaus (Switzerland) reported on the self-evaluation by the scientific committees.
Mexico, speaking for NORTH AMERICA, supported keeping separate scientific committees, noting additional efficiency could be gained by prioritizing tasks assigned to the committees.
IUCN opposed deleting references to numbers of sharks listed in the appendices in Conf 12.6 (Conservation and management of sharks), noting that 20% of shark species are listed as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Plants Committee Chair Margarita Clemente (Spain).
SC Chair Maquieira reported on the status of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between UNEP and CITES.
Daily highlights:
Monday, 2 October - Tuesday, 3 October - Wednesday, 4 October - Thursday, 5 October - Friday, 6 October
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