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UNEP: TPP Provisions to Help Prevent Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

UNEP6 October 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal includes provisions on combating illegal trade in wildlife under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The provisions also require the 12 countries involved to take action to protect any wildlife that has been illegally taken from any country, a step that is expected to help address illegal trade in wildlife and overfishing.

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IUCN Study: Cacti among World's Most Threatened Species [viewed]

IUCN5 October 2015: The first global assessment of cacti by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows that 31% of cactus species are threatened with extinction, placing cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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CITES Secretary-General Urges Air Transport Sector to Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites29 September 2015: The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John Scanlon, has called on the air transport sector to join the fight against illegal wildlife trade. Scanlon made the plea while attending the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29-30 September.

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UN Leaders, Member States Reconfirm Commitment to Fight Illicit Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP, UNODC, CITES, World Bank and WCS27 September 2015: At a high-level stakeholder dialogue hosted by the Governments of Gabon and Germany and held on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, heads of UN agencies, ministers of UN Member States and leaders from the private sector reaffirmed their political commitment to fight illegal trade in wildlife.

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Wildlife Crime Prevention Gains Traction through Patrols, an Arrest and Dialogue [viewed]

apec_interpol_unepSeptember 2015: Anti-corruption authorities, customs bureaus and law enforcement agencies from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members addressed illegal wildlife trafficking in the Asia-Pacific at the Pathfinder Dialogue II on 'Strengthening the Fight against Corruption and Illicit Trade'

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CITES AC28 Makes Key Recommendations with Regard to Trade in Listed Species [viewed]

ac284 September 2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) addressed a lengthy agenda, agreeing on guidance with regard to the sustainable trade of snakes, tortoises and freshwater turtles, sharks and rays, and the queen conch. The Committee's Review of Significant Trade concluded that current trade in polar bears is not harming the species, while Kenya and Namibia agreed to provide the Committee a detailed analysis of trade in African lions to inform the species' listing.

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CITES AC28 Opens in Israel [viewed]

cites30 August 2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has commenced in Tel Aviv, Israel. Avi Gabbay, Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel, welcomed participants, highlighting that this was the first time a CITES body had met in Israel.

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA30 July 2015: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Member States to take decisive steps at the national level to prevent, combat and eradicate both the supply of, and demand for, illegal trade in wildlife.

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Guest Article #48: CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action [viewed]

wwdCITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.

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