The Conference of the Parties (CoP) has participants from all CITES Parties as well as non-governmental organizations. At CoPs, the CITES Appendices are formally amended and Parties make decisions on administrative and implementation issues regarding the treaty. Until CoP13, these meeting were held every two years; since then, CoPs are held every three years.

CoP17 will occur from March 1-12, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

CoP16 occurred from March 3-14, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  For more information on CoP16 and its outcomes, click here.

To learn more about the history of CoPs read 40 Years of CITES at a Glance pdf, a historical map outlining the many successes made through CoPs over the last 40 years. This map was recently published in the Winter 2013 issue of FWS News. To read more stories highlighted in this issue, visit our Articles page.

For more information on the structure and role of CoPs, visit the CITES website.

Learn how a non-government organization (NGO) can become an observer to a CoP, click here pdf or view our factsheet found on the left.