Looking for Input on CITES Agenda
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Have information are about snapping turtles or maybe the international conservation of seahorses? What about big cats, elephants, and rhinoceroses?

Then we welcome your input.

As the U.S. implementing authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), we are preparing for the 19th regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19) in November.

We are holding a virtual public meeting September 6, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. This meeting will give the public an opportunity to provide comments to be used in the development of U.S. negotiating positions for CoP19.

CITES is a global treaty that seeks to ensure that international trade in listed plants and animals does not threaten their survival in the wild, and the CoP is where the countries come together to tackle many issues around how the treaty is working, and the plants and animals protected under it.

The CoP19 provisional agenda is now public, and our International Affairs staff is working with partners to develop the U.S. negotiating positions on the issues to be discussed in November. That means we are looking for input on proposed resolutions, decisions, and amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) submitted by other Parties, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP19.

If you would like to attend the virtual public meeting, you must register.

As part of our commitment to provide access for all participants, closed captioning will be available, and a full audio and video recording and transcript of the meeting will be posted online after the meeting on our CoP website.

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