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Sixty-second meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee

23-27 July 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Monday, 23 July 2012
CITES
The sixty-second meeting of the Standing Committee (SC62) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) opened on Monday, 23 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. SC Chair Øystein Størkersen (Norway) emphasized: the record number of international organization observers registered for the meeting; continued challenges concerning national legislation, enforcement and the dramatic increase in elephant and rhino poaching; and the need for innovative solutions in prioritizing tasks for the Secretariat and tackling its funding and staffing needs.

John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, highlighted intergovernmental support for CITES in 2012, including at Rio+20, and the need to scale up enforcement and financing. He also reported on the Secretariat’s success in resource mobilization for implementation in the last year.

Following administrative matters, the Committee addressed: structure and length of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoP); arrangements for CoP 16; improving transparency of voting at CoP meetings; and implementation of CITES Strategic Vision 2008-13. Then the Committee discussed cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, the World Trade Organization, and the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime. SC delegates also considered a draft memorandum of cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization, and draft guidelines for cooperation with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
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The plenary of the sixty-second meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.
CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon welcomed participants to SC62 and recalled the paragraph on CITES in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD/Rio+20) outcome document.
CITES SC members
SC Chair Øystein Størkersen (Norway), opened SC62, highlighting the funding and staffing needs of the Secretariat and praising the Secretary-General and the Secretariat for their efforts.
Pablo Obregon (Argentina) made a statement on the provision of support for committee members.
Jean-Baptiste Mamang-Kanga (Central African Republic) spoke on improving transparency in voting at COP meetings.
Trevor Salmon (UK) representing the EU and its Member States
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Will Travers, Species Survival Network
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Alison Rosser, UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Flags outside the Geneva International Conference Centre.
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CITES resources
*Meeting agenda and documents
*Meeting work programme
*Information on legislative progress (Notification to the Parties No. 2012/036)
*Working groups and side events
*Previous SC meetings page

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees and Twentieth Meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 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 (SC61), 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) (Frech: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) of CITES, 13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar (English: HTML - PDF) (Frech: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of SC58, 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
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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