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Where Have all the Pangolin Gone this Endangered Species Day? By, Susan Sacirbey


Are Animals Global Citizens?
Susan Sacirbey collaborating w/ Ambassador Muhamed (Mo) Sacirbey via Huffington Post
Perhaps you have one predominant thought in back of your mind as you read this blog: Why should we expect any more global consensus on addressing animal welfare when the international community is failing on so many conflicts to deliver peace or even secure human rights? –MORE–

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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.

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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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