Statements made by Mr John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

HE Dr Zulkifli Hasan Minister of Forestry Ministry of Forestry Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 8, Jalan Gatot Subroto Jakarta 10270 Indonesia. Your excellency,   Thank you very much for the kind invitation to attend the First Asian Rhino Range States Meeting. Unfortunately, my travel plans do not allow me to join you in person but I would like to extend a warm welcome to the participants and to congratulate the Government of Indonesia for its leadership and for driving this important initiative. A rhinoceros killed by poachers in India. (AFP pic)
By invitation, CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, made a keynote address to the Opening Session of the 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) held in Windhoek, Namibia on 30 September 2013.  The meeting was also addressed by the Hon. John Mutorwa, Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department, FAO, and senior officials from AFWC.
Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and  John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General   MEASURES: Countries must make wildlife crime a serious crime in their own legislation   Organized criminal networks are trafficking in  endangered species, driving them to the brink of extinction. We need to act before it is too late.   In 2011, 25,000 wild elephants were illegally killed in Africa, primarily for their ivory.  
UN General Assembly side event hosted by Germany and Gabon, New York, 26 September 2013   Opening Remarks by Session Moderator CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon   Excellencies, distinguished guests, colleagues   On behalf of the two co-chairs, Germany and Gabon, I would like to warmly welcome you to this afternoon’s High-Level Discussion.  I will be your moderator.   I suspect everyone here today has seen graphic images of elephant and rhino slaughtered for their ivory and horn - a tragic crime scene that is now being replicated every day across their range.
Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC and  John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General An economic crime perpetrated by criminal syndicates in the most  remote regions, exploiting local people and lax laws  
Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and  CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon Given the current rate of poaching, children from West or Central Africa will one day speak of elephants and rhinoceros as we speak of mammoths: as magnificent creatures belonging to the past
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2013   World Ranger Day 2013 World Ranger Day was first observed in 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). It honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants.
Explore the ways that modern information and communications technology can lead to exciting possibilities for a whole-of-government approach at the border Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14 to 16 May 2013 Keynote Address John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General Your Highness, Lieutenant General, Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Minister of Interior, Your Excellency Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone and Director General of Dubai Customs, Mr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Secretary-General, World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya.
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held March 2013 in Bangkok, will be remembered as a defining moment in the 40 year history of the Convention
Thematic discussion on the challenge posed by emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment and ways to deal with it effectively Vienna, Austria, 23  April, 2013 John E. Scanlon Secretary-General CITES Thank you Ambassador Mabongo, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates. I would like to sincerely thank the Commission for holding this Thematic Discussion and for extending an invitation to the CITES Secretariat to contribute to its deliberations. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to Executive Director Yury Fedotov for his  strong personal support for, and commitment to, combatting wildlife and forest crime and that of his staff as well.   ------