Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoPs) provide an opportunity for representatives from all CITES Parties as well as non-governmental organizations 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.

CoP19 Planning Underway

The nineteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) is scheduled to be held 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.

We published species proposals and other documents sponsored and co-sponsored by the United States for CoP19.

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 have also published updated information on how U.S. nongovernmental organizations can attend CoP19 as observers.

Please check back for future updates. 

Federal Register Notices

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.

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

March 2, 2021: 86 FR 12199 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Nineteenth Regular Meeting: Species Proposals for Consideration and Request for Information and Recommendations on Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items for Consideration.