The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) to CITES took place in Panama City, Panama from November 14-25, 2022. Outcomes of Species Proposals, including those sponsored or co-sponsored by the U.S. (highlighted in yellow) are available in this table. On Janaury 12, 2023, the CITES Secretariat also issued a Notification to the Parties detailing Amendments to Appendices I and II of the Convention adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th meeting (Panama, 14 – 25 November 2022).
Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) provide an opportunity for representatives from all CITES Parties as well as non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to participate in determining the future of CITES. At CoPs, the Parties consider proposals to amend the CITES Appendices and make decisions on implementation and enforcement of CITES. CoPs are held approximately every three years and are usually hosted by a member Party.
News and Stories
Read more about the species and amendments that the United States is currently prioritizing at CITES CoP19 to balance species conservation and trade.
A list of the proposals supported by the United States to amend CITES Appendices I and II, in accordance with the provisions of Article XV.
Federal Register Notices
Find announcements on the availability of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on species proposals, draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items for consideration.
Read more about species the United States prioritized at CoP19, including the conservation threats they face.
Watch CITES CoP19 Live
Watch the CoP live from Panamá. Follow the latest updates in real time through the CITES YouTube channel. Links will be available here during CoP19.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been designated to carry out the provisions of CITES. Learn more about the Service's leaders on CITES here.
Prior to CoP19, we posted tentative U.S. negotiating positions for proposed resolutions, decisions, and amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), as well as other agenda items submitted by other Parties, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP19.
Previously, we announced the availability of these tentative negotiating positions through a Federal Register Notice.
We held a virtual public meeting on September 6, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), to give the public an opportunity to learn more about and provide comments to be used in the development of U.S. negotiating positions for Co19. For those unable to participate, we are providing a recording and transcript of the meeting. Additional information can be found in our Federal Register Notice of August 22, 2022.
Previously, we published recommendations received from the public concerning proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) that the United States considered submitting for CoP19, provided additional information, and invited your comments and information on the proposals. We thank you for your input.
We also published updated information on how U.S. nongovernmental organizations can attend CoP19 as observersas observers.
The nineteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) took place in Panama City, Panama, November 14-25, 2022. For more information about preparing for CoP19 click here. Additional information can also be found at cites.org/eng/meetings/cop.
November 17, 2022: 87 FR 68975 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision to the Section 4(d) Rule for the African Elephant.
November 1, 2022: 87 FR 65815 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Nineteenth Regular Meeting; Tentative U.S. Negotiating Positions for Agenda Items and Species Proposals Submitted by Foreign Governments, the Permanent CITES Committees, and the CITES Secretariat.
August 22, 2022: 87 FR 51441 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Nineteenth Regular Meeting; Provisional Agenda; Announcement of Virtual Public Meeting.
April 26, 2022: 87 FR 24577 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Nineteenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices. An extended version of this information describes in detail the taxa being considered and explains the rationale for the United States' current thinking. The notice also includes information on how U.S. non-governmental organizations can attend CoP19 as observers.
March 7, 2022: 87 FR 12719 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Nineteenth Regular Meeting: Proposed Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items Being Considered; Observer Information.
February 23, 2022: 50 CFR Part 23 Implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Updates Following the Eighteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES.
For a more extensive list of Federal Register notices, please click here.