CITES CoP 18 Kicks Off
16 August 2019

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The 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17-28 August 2019. The 71st meeting of the Standing Committee of CITES is taking place today (16 August).

Much like previous meetings of the CITES CoP, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) will have a strong presence at CoP 18. CIC President, Mr. George Aman, Deputy President of CIC Policy & Law Division, Mr. Shane Mahoney and CIC Experts Mr. Willem Wijnstekers (former Secretary-General of CITES) and Prof. Dr. Dietrich Jelden (former Head of the German CITES Management Authority) will be in attendance. Deputy Director General, Mark Ryan, will be attending from CIC Headquarters.

The conference brings together a variety of stakeholders, namely CITES parties (Member States), United Nations and specialised agencies, intergovernmental organisations (including the CIC), and actors from the private sector. With a number of different views influencing the various stakeholders, the CIC will be actively working to provide CITES parties with the necessary advice and technical expertise to guide their decisions on topic areas that are importance to the CIC, but more importantly to sustainable wildlife management and conservation, and to the global community of sustainable users of wildlife.

The full CIC position paper and voting guide for the CITES CoP 18 can be viewed here:

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