On 25th August 2016, the Deputy Minister of Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, Mr. Ha Cong Tuan hosted a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Director International of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom (DEFRA), Ms. Cheryl Case, and the Ambassador to the United Kingdom in Vietnam, Mr. Giles Lever, to discuss progress on the preparation of the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The meeting participants included representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, and related departments in the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural development.
During the meeting, the Parties provided updates on the preparation of the Hanoi conference on illegal wildlife trade and discussed next steps, including the invitation to high-level delegates, Conference working program, the Hanoi outcome document and other related work. According to the discussion, the Hanoi conference will welcome Heads of State and Ministers from more than 50 countries and 10 international organizations. DEFRA and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Vietnam came from the meeting with an appreciation of the great efforts of Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development and Vietnam Administration of Forestry in the progress in Conference preparation.
The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade is the third international conference on illegal wildlife trade after the London and Kasane Conferences. The main goal of the Hanoi Conference is to adopt the Hanoi outcome document, which will reaffirm the commitment of signatory countries in four main objectives: (1) Eradicating the Market for Illegal Wildlife Products; (2) Ensuring Effective Legal Frameworks and Deterrents; (3) Strengthening Law Enforcement; (4) Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic Development.
Edited by the Vietnam CITES Management Authority.