18 Oct 2022

Venue: International Environment House II & Online | Webex

Organization: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Geneva Environment Network

A briefing focusing on the preparations for the upcoming 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19), or World Wildlife Conference, to be held in Panama, in November 2022, will take place at the International Environment House and online, on Tuesday 18 October 2022.

About this Session

The upcoming 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or World Wildlife Conference, will take place in Panama, from 14 to 25 November 2022. Nearly 3,000 government officials, experts, representatives of local, national and international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations technically qualified in protection, conservation or management of wild fauna and flora and visitors are expected to attend the meeting.

A total of 52 proposals and more than 100 working documents will be considered, debated and, if necessary, voted on by the 184 Parties to CITES. Amongst many other matters, the World Wildlife Conference will discuss the following issues:

  • Strategic matters including the CITES Strategic Vision, the World Wildlife Trade Report, Engagements with indigenous people and local communities, CITES and Forests, zoonotic disease emergence associated with international wildlife trade, and CITES and gender.
  • Interpretation and implementation matters, including national laws for the implementation of the Convention, compliance and enforcement matters, demand reduction to combat illegal wildlife trade, CITES permit issues and legal acquisition findings.
  • Species specific matters that include a wide range of species from amphibians to big cats and elephants, marine and plant species.
  • Matters relating to the maintenance of the Appendices that includes proposals by Parties to amend the criteria for listing species in the Appendices and proposals to clarify the use of reservations; and
  • Proposals to amend the Appendices. Changes to trade regulations for nearly six hundred species of animals and plants are being proposed by Parties to the Convention. Most proposals are to bring new species under the purview of the Convention which may reflect the pressure being felt by nature as a result of human use of natural resources. Key species being proposed for inclusion in CITES are marine species (including sharks, sea cucumbers and ornamental fishes) and tropical timbers (including rosewoods, Brazil woods and mahoganies). On the other hand, some species are proposed for decreased protection under CITES as their populations in the wild have recovered (including the Puerto Rican boa and Aleutian cackling goose)

Decisions taken by parties at the CoP will come into force 90 days after the end of the meeting – on 23 February 2023. The objective of the Convention is that all international trade in CITES listed species is sustainable, legal and consistent with the long-term conservation of species and that CITES plays its part in halting biodiversity loss, ensuring its sustainable use, and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

You’ll be able to watch all the decisions of CoP19, steamed live from Panama, via the CITES.ORG website.


This event will be held in a hybrid format, both in-person and virtually. For online attendance, kindly register on webex platform.

For in person participation, register on Eventbrite.


CITES CoP19 – the big issues

Overview – CITES CoP19

  • Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General, CITES Secretariat

Strategic Vision of CITES and Cooperation with organizations and Multilateral Environmental Agreements

  • Thea Carroll, Governing Bodies Unit, CITES Secretariat

Changes to the CITES Appendices

  • David Morgan, Scientific Unit, CITES Secretariat

Enforcement issues – combating illegal wildlife trade

  • Ben Janse Van Rensburg, Enforcement Unit, CITES Secretariat

Legal matters

  • Juan Carlos Vasquez, Legal Unit, CITES Secretariat

Capacity-building, access to funding and High-level event

  • Haruko Okusu, Outreach and Projects Unit, CITES Secretariat
  • Sofie Flensborg, Outreach and Projects Unit, CITES Secretariat

CITES CoP19 – Your questions answered



In addition to the live WebEx and social media transmissions, the video of the event will be available on this webpage.


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