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The United States is pleased to co-sponsor the following species proposals to amend the CITES Appendices for CoP18:

1. Saiga antelope: proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Mongolia). Read the proposal.

2. Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko): proposal to include the species in Appendix II (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by the European Union). Read the proposal.

3. Pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri): proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Kenya). Read the proposal.

4. Ornamental/parachute spider/tarantula species (Poecilotheria spp.): proposal to include the genus in Appendix II (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Sri Lanka). Read the proposal.

5. Three species of teatfish (Holothuria (Microthele) fuscogilva, Holothuria (Microthele) nobilis, and Holothuria (Microthele) whitmaei): proposal to include the species in Appendix II (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by the European Union). Read the proposal.

The United States is also pleased to submit, or co-sponsor, the following additional documents for inclusion in the agenda for CoP18:

1. CITES capacity building: document proposing a new resolution and draft decisions focused on the adoption of a comprehensive framework for CITES capacity building. Read the document.

2. Due diligence by CITES Parties and obligations of importing Parties: document proposing amendments to Resolution Conf. 11.3 (Rev. CoP17) on Compliance and enforcement, concerning due diligence and the obligations of importing Parties. Read the document.

3. Conservation of and international trade in songbirds: document titled, “Songbird trade and conservation management,” which proposes draft decisions directed to the Animals Committee (this document is being co-sponsored and submitted by Sri Lanka). Read the document.

4. Conservation of and international trade in marine ornamental fishes: document titled, “Conservation management of and trade in marine ornamental fishes,” which proposes draft decisions directed to the Animals Committee (this document is being co-sponsored and submitted by Switzerland). Read the document.

5. Conservation of and international trade in seahorses: document titled, “Conservation management of trade in seahorses,” which proposes draft decisions directed to the Animals Committee (this document is being co-sponsored and submitted by Monaco). Read the document.

6. Conservation of and international trade in frankincense: document titled, “Trade in Boswellia spp.,” which proposes draft decisions directed to the Animals Committee (this document is being co-sponsored and submitted by Sri Lanka). Read the document.

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