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40 Years after #Jaws, UN says Sharks Need Protection & Makeover
From Diplomat Artist Buzz & Animal Welfare Ambassadors – Happy July 4th!


Diplomat Artist Buzz – can the magnificent elephant be an animal welfare ambassador rather than an ivory trinket or circus act? – Share your thoughts.

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as “Digital Diplomacy” takes another advance from the virtual?

UN Agency Praises China's Destruction of Ivory Stockpile

Improved law enforcement across entire illegal ivory supply chain, increased collaboration among transit/consumer countries thru international organizations like CITES, UN Office for Drugs & Crime, Interpol & World Bank is also needed.

UN Works to Protect Great Apes, Habitat, amid Ongoing Instability in DR Congo

Dr. Jane Goodall: “The forests of DRC are of supreme importance in fight to slow down climate change & protect rich diversity of flora/fauna. Eastern DRC provides crucial habitat for chimpanzees & gorillas, both endangered.”

Football Star Yaya Toure to Spotlight Illegal Wildlife Trade

Yaya Toure: “I became a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador to spread message that poaching & other forms of wildlife crime – is not only a betrayal of our responsibility to safeguard threatened species, but a serious threat to security, political stability, economy, natural resources & cultural heritage of many countries.”


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES) “is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.”  Established by resolution in 1963 at a meeting of the World Conservation Union, its message today resonates more than ever for a “greener” world where endangered animals and their habitat are protected, resources are not depleted, and a sustainable trade worth billions of dollars is safeguarded across national borders.

On 5 June 2012, World Environment Day, the CITES Facebook page was officially launched. Following is a message from the CITES Secretariat:

“The CITES Facebook page has become an important tool to reach the CITES community and the general public and it has become increasingly popular. Among other things, the amendment proposals and working documents submitted for consideration at CoP16 (16th Session of the Conference Partners) are being posted on the CITES Facebook page with graphic illustrations. Currently, the Secretariat is using an informal poll to invite comments on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) supporting the implementation of CITES and you are all most welcome to participate in the poll.

The address of the CITES Facebook page is:

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CITES Secretariat

For more information on CITES:
Source: CITES Website

Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future. Today, CITES accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.

CITES is an international agreement to which States (countries) adhere voluntarily. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention (‘joined’ CITES) are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws. Rather it provides a framework to be respected by each Party, which has to adopt its own domestic legislation to ensure that CITES is implemented at the national level.  For many years CITES has been among the conservation agreements with the largest membership, with now 176 Parties.

Global Citizens, this is an opportunity to make your voice and numbers heard. It is a Call to Action. I hope you will participate in CITES feedback and share their important message with your friends and colleagues and become Digital Diplomats. Your future and your children’s future is counting on you.

Susan Sacirbey

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Elephants, polar bears, sharks & manta rays to medicinal plants & rare trees are among several species that will receive additional protection pursuant to UN backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species if new proposals are adopted at a world wildlife meeting March 2013.

Last year was the worst in more than a decade for poaching of elephants & rhinos. Much of demand is driven by rapidly growing, richer Asian markets. However, two New York jewelers were just found guilt for selling contraband ivory that cost the lives of at least 25 elephants. This week Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) began its meetings in Geneva. –MORE–

CITES is the UN affiliated organization that seeks to ensure that international trade in wildlife does not endanger survival of the species. (Unfortunately we as mankind are probably not doing enough yet to evidence empathy for animals as individuals, but that is another point in our intellectual and ethical evolution. –More–