Highlights and images for 4 October 2018

Russian Federation


Representatives of various NGOs meet informally on the second to last day of SC70

CITES SC70 Participants to the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) reconvened for a fourth long day of discussions. In the morning, the CITES Secretariat welcomed progress made by several countries in harmonizing national legislation with the Convention. She noted that Angola, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan have reported progress on legislation under the National Legislation Project review. She also highlighted that Mongolia, Botswana, and Kazakhstan, originally in the list of countries that have not reported any legislative progress, have taken steps to remedy the situation. Uzbekistan welcomed the support of the Secretariat and noted that the new legislation will be ready by the end of 2018. Two countries, Ecuador and Comoros, have not shown progress on legislation and the Secretariat stated there will be a suspension in commercial trade after 60 days. The Secretariat also noted that several countries have failed to submit national reports for consecutive years and could be subject to commercial trade suspensions if the submission deadline of Oct. 31, 2018 is not met.On trade in live elephants, the SC requested the Secretariat to consult with parties whose elephants are listed in Appendix II and have exported live elephants to non-elephant range states and to seek information on how importing states made their determination on suitable housing and care. The SC also discussed:

  • enforcement issues;
  • illegal trade in cheetah;
  • sturgeons and paddlefish;
  • humphead wrasse; and
  • sharks and rays.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 70th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.


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Morning Session
Delegates in plenary during the morning session
Sarah Bagnall, New Zealand
Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland, Chair of the Animals Committee
Nariman Zhunussov, Kazakhstan
Elena Abdullaeva, Uzbekistan
Pamela Scruggs, US
Felix Monggae, Botswana
Tatsiana Zhaliaznova, Belarus
Jamel Tahiri, Tunisia
Olga Kumalo, South Africa
Afternoon Session
Delegates gather during the afternoon session
Elizabeth Ebahi Omonyemen Ehiebewele, Nigeria
Anton Mezhnev, Russian Federation
Ali Laoual Abagana, Niger
Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, Malaysia
Delegates speak informally
Agung Nugroho, Indonesia
Doreen Mutung'a, Kenya
Abba Sonko, Senegal
Madeleine Harper, Australia
Evening Session
View of the dais during the evening plenary
Fabiola Rocio Nuñez Neyra, Peru
Simon Nemtzov, Israel
Hirohide Matsushima, Japan
Christiane Roettger, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
Yumi Okochi, Global Guardian Trust
Kim Friedman, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Around the Venue
An umbrella dries after a day of heavy rain
Delegates from the Netherlands
Ali Mansoor Abbas Abdullah, Bahrain
Delegates from the United Arab Emirates
Vanesa Tossenberger, Argentina

Delegates between sessions

A delegate visits the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin website to see coverage of the meeting

Delegates speak informally



Non-state coalitions