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Fifty-seventh meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee

14-18 July 2008 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 14 July 2008
The 57th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC57) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened in the afternoon in Geneva, Switzerland, and will continue until Friday, 18 July 2008. In plenary, delegates heard opening statements and addressed organizational matters, such as adoption of the agenda, rules of procedure, presentation of credentials and deadlines for submission of documents.

In the morning, there was a closed session of the Finance and Budget Subcommittee. The outcome of the Subcommittee will be reported back to plenary later during the week.
Daily highlights
Monday, 14 July - Tuesday, 15 July - Wednesday, 16 July - Thursday, 17 July - Friday, 18 July

L-R: CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers and SC Chair Cristian Maquieira ready to start the meeting.
L-R: Marceil Yeater, CITES Secretariat; Laurent Gauthier, CITES Secretariat; and Alice Abalos, CITES Secretariat, discuss various agenda items before the beginning of plenary.
The delegation of Afghanistan waits for SC57 to start.
L-R: Marcos Silva, CITES Secretariat; Steven Nash, CITES Secretariat; Sikina Jinnah, Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB); and Laurel Neme, ENB, talk about capacity building under the Convention.
CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers
Margaret Oduk, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, highlighted UNEPís recent activities in strengthening administrative ties with the CITES Secretariat.
Jonathan Barzdo, CITES Secretariat, prepares to introduce the document on review of resolutions.
Daily highlights
Monday, 14 July - Tuesday, 15 July - Wednesday, 16 July - Thursday, 17 July - Friday, 18 July

Related Links
CITES resources
Meeting website
Provisional annotated agenda
Documents

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