Wildlife Trade Policy and the 2030 Agenda for Trade and Sustainable Use

International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) , Geneva, Switzerland

A side-event at the 66th CITES Standing Committee Meeting


CITES SC66 Agenda Item 13: UN General Assembly Resolutions on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife and Sustainable Development Goals


Building on discussions at the Trade and Development Symposium alongside the WTO Ministerial in December 2015 in Nairobi, the side event will explore the role of CITES within international trade policy to address illegal trade, promote sustainable trade, and enhance policy coherence regarding the trade in wild goods and services.

Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, international trade is explicitly recognised as a means of implementation and includes the following commitments expressed as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 17.10 Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organisation; and
  • 17.11 Significantly increase the exports of developing countries.

This side event focused on how these SDGs relate to CITES in the context the SDG following commitments relevant to the trade in wild goods and services:

  • 14.4 Effectively regulate… illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and…. implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield
  • 14.6 Prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies
  • 15.1 Ensure the… sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services
  • 15.7 Take urgent action to… address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products


Steven Broad, TRAFFIC


Alice Tipping, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

Francis Vorhies, Earthmind


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