How to Become an Observer at CoP16

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CoP16), which will be held March 3-14, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand, must receive approval to attend the meeting.  All organizations wishing to attend CoP16 as observers must register with the CITES Secretariat no later than January 20, 2013.

International non-governmental organizations seeking to attend CoP16 may register directly with the CITES Secretariat.  For more information on the registration requirements for international non-governmental organizations, please contact the CITES Secretariat directly at info@cites.org.

U.S. non-governmental organizations requesting approval to attend a CoP for the first time, or that have not received approval from the Division of Management Authority within the last 5 years, MUST submit:

  1. Evidence of technical qualifications in protection, conservation, or management of wild fauna and flora, for both the organization and the individual representative(s)
  2. A copy of the organization’s charter and bylaws
  3. A list of representatives who plan to attend CoP16
  4. Purpose for wishing to participate as an observer

U.S. NGOs that have received approval to attend a CoP from the Division of Management Authority within the past 5 years, MUST submit:

  1. A list of representatives who plan to attend CoP16

Requests from U.S. NGOs must be received by the Division of Management Authority no later than January 2, 2013, and may be submitted by mail, fax, or email:

Mailing Address
Division of Management Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
4401 N. Fairfax Drive Room 212
Arlington, VA 22203
Fax: 703-358-2298

Email: managementauthority@fws.gov 

For more information on how to become an observer, please refer to Federal Register notice 77 FR 37433.pdf