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UN Corruption Conference Urges Action on Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov (right) and the Secretary-General of Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) John Scanlon. Photo: UNIS Vienna6 November 2015: Participants urged action to disrupt the criminal networks that facilitate illegal trade in wildlife and forest products at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP6) to the UN Convention against Corruption. A conference side event recognized wildlife and forest crime as a serious threat and called for preventing corruption as part of efforts to address it.

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Workshop on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs Makes Recommendations to CITES SC66 [viewed]

CITES5 November 2015: With the goal of furthering the work of the Intersessional Working Group on illegal trade in cheetahs, established at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), Kuwait, under the leadership of Shereefa Al-salem, organized a workshop to review and exchange information on the illegal trade in cheetahs, and formulate targeted recommendations to combat it, including recommendations concerning the disposal of confiscated cheetahs.

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ITTO Publishes Tropical Forest Update and Newsletter on CITES Tropical Tree Listings [viewed]

IttoOctober 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the latest issue of 'Tropical Forest Update,' which explores efforts to develop environmental product declarations for tropical timber as a way of providing credible data on their environmental performance and a fair basis for comparison between products performing similar functions. The Organization has also circulated the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter reporting on activities under the second phase of the ITTO-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Program for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species, covering a summary of program activities until August 2015.

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CITES PC22 Considers Species Listings in Advance of CoP17 [viewed]

cites_p2223 October 2105: The twenty-second meeting of the Plants Committee (PC22) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has recommended, inter alia: PC commitment to continue working with Madagascar on the implementation of the Action Plan for Malagasy ebonies and Malagasy rosewoods, noting however strong concern that no information has as yet been provided on the status of implementation of elements of the Action Plan; and the adoption of a Review of Significant Trade (RST) process that provides for greater transparency.

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CITES Releases Training Materials on Sharks, Manta Rays [viewed]

cites20 October 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced the completion of a set of standard presentations to support implementation of the Convention with regard to sharks and manta rays.

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CITES Reports on Checklist, Bangladesh Training [viewed]

CITES12 October 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and partners held a one-day workshop on CITES and a two-day training on wildlife law enforcement in Bangladesh, from 5-7 October 2015. The workshop reinforced the need for cooperation to combat wildlife crime, while the training built local capacity to respond to wildlife and forest crime.

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Policy Update #12: Sorting through CITES: Learning about Trade-related Measures to Protect Endangered Species [viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is one of the oldest environmental agreements, and the first to enter into force on 1 July 1975. The world has changed significantly since the mid-1970's, and CITES has evolved to suit. It is a unique Convention, standing “at the intersection between trade, environment, and development” according to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 Outcome, ‘The Future We Want.'

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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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