Press Conference To Announce The Hanoi Conference On Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT)


On 02 February 2016, a press conference was organized to announceon the Hanoi conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade organized by the British Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry.

The press conference was co-chaired by Mr. Giles Lever, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom in Vietnam, Mr. Jeremy Eppel, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs of the UK Government, and Dr. Nguyen Ba Ngai, Deputy Director General of the General Administration of Forestry.

The press conference was attended by over 50 delegates from the embassies of the countries and territories in Hanoi, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the media.

Illegal hunting of and cross-border trade in wildlife has become a global problem, with the participation of organized and transnationalcrime syndicates, with increasingly sophisticated tactics. Therefore, the battle against illegal trade of wild species is not the problem of a single country or continent, but it involves the global communities.

Aware of this issue, and with the determination to express the support and commitment of Viet Nam to implementing international obligations, the General Administration of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the authorization of the Government of Vietnam, will organize a conference in Hanoi on illegal wildlife trade from 17 to 18 November, 2016.

The Hanoi conference is expected to mark an important turning point in Vietnam’s efforts in strengtheningits commitment in the responsibility to combat illegal wildlife trade, contributing towards social security, and sustainable development.

The Hanoi Declaration, which is a joint statement between the governments of 40 participating countries, will be issued after the IWT conference.

CITES Management Authority of Vietnam