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Fifty-eighth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC58)

6-10 July 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Friday, 10 July 2009

The 58th Session of the Standing Committee (SC58) of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ended its deliberations a few hours early today. The SC heard reports from various working groups that had met during the week, endorsed the last of the proposed recommendations, and heard reports from regional representatives. The SC’s efficient work throughout the week resulted in early adoption of the meeting’s Executive Summaries.

The Secretariat confirmed that SC59 will take place on 12 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar, directly preceding CoP15. Qatar repeated his invitation to parties to attend CoP15, which will be held from 13-25 March 2010.

In their closing remarks, Secretary-General Wijnstekers and Chair Adu-Nsiah thanked the Secretariat and the meeting’s participants for their hard work.

Chair Adu-Nsiah closed the meeting at 12:57pm.
Basile Van Havre (center), (Canada) presented the regional report from North America.
Valeri Georgiev (Bulgaria) questioned the purpose of regional reports, in view of poor participation from parties.
L-R: Secretary General Willem Wijnstekers; SC58 Chair Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah (Ghana); and Jonathan Barzdo (CITES Secretariat) at the closure of a succesful meeting.
SC58 Chair Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah (Ghana) and the representatives from Oceania in a friendly conversation.
L-R: Elly Hamunyella (Namibia) and Victoria Zentilli (CITES Secretariat)
L-R: Ghanim Abdulla Mohammad (Qatar) and Reem Hajjar, ENB, talk about the next CoP in Doha.
L-R: Victoria Zentilli, Penelope-Anne Benn, and Maritza de Campos, received well-deserved recognition for their extensive service to the CITES Secretariat.
CITES Secretariat pause in the midst of a busy day.
Your ENB team during the boat cruise on Lake Léman. L-R: Reem Hajjar, ENB Team Leader/Writer (Lebanon/Canada); Eréndira García, ENB Writer (Mexico); and Marie-Annick Moreau, ENB Writer (Canada).
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