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Information on Upcoming Public Meeting for CoP18

On Wednesday, March 13th at 1:00pm EST a public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Interior to discuss the items on the provisional agenda for the eighteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18). Click here to watch the event via livestream.

For full text of Federal Register notice please click here.

In our notice in the Federal Register, published on March 6, 2019 (see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/06/2019-04132/conference-of-the-parties-to-the-convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species-of-wild), we announce the opening of a public comment period as well as a public meeting. Both the public comment period and the public meeting provide you with an opportunity to participate in the development of U.S. negotiating positions for the eighteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18). We invite you to submit written comments during the comment period or provide oral comments during the public meeting on documents submitted by other CITES Parties, including working documents and proposals to amend the CITES Appendices. Advance sign-up is not required to speak during the public meeting. All comments received will be considered as we prepare U.S. draft negotiating positions for CoP18.

Directions to the U.S. Department of Interior can be found here.

Background on the 18th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. A State or country that has agreed to implement the Convention is called a Party to CITES. Currently there are 182 Parties and the European Union.

Every two to three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, including changes in protections for certain species. The 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from May 23 – June 3, 2019. Additional information on CoP18, can be found on the event website.

U.S. Submissions

Detailed information is available on species and policy proposals that the United States has co-sponsored or submitted. Find them here.

How can I contribute information or ideas for CITES CoP18?

We’re committed to conducting an open and transparent process as we prepare for CoP18 that considers the interests of the public, stakeholders, other federal agencies, and Congress. We will publish a series of Federal Register notices to solicit public input on the development of U.S. proposals, documents, and negotiating positions for CoP18. This process helps us to develop robust proposals and positions by taking into account a wide variety of views and anticipating potential implementation and enforcement challenges.

Information for NGOs requesting approval to attend the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

Organizations, including non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and industry associations, wishing to attend the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CoP18), must receive approval to attend the meeting. All organizations seeking to attend CoP18 as observers must register with the CITES Secretariat no later than March 24, 2019. See here for registration details.

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Previous Federal Register Notices


October 1, 2018: 83 FR 49421 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Eighteenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices and Proposed Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items Being Considered; Observer Information. An extended version of this notice describes each of the positions in detail and explains the rationale for United States' current thinking.

March 12, 2018: 83 FR 10736 Request for Information and Recommendations on Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items for Considerationat the Eighteenth Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

January 23, 2018: 83 FR 3179 - Species Proposals for Consideration at the Eighteenth Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Banner Credits: Orchid background: USFWS; Alligator: USFWS; Bonobo: Vanessa Woods; Pink Lady's Slipper orchid: Thomas Barnes/University of Kentucky; Paddlefish: Tennessee Aquarium