Thursday, 27 September 2012

United Nations discuss wildlife crime for the first time

UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law

September 2012. Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Monday 24th September , during discussions on strengthening national and international governance.

World leaders gathering in New York for the global body's 67th annual meeting highlighted wildlife trafficking along with other severe threats to the rule of law such as corruption and drug running.

Estimated to be worth $5 billion
In a written statement, permanent Security Council member United States highlighted "the harm caused by wildlife poaching and trafficking to conservation efforts, rule of law, governance and economic development." The rapidly-growing illicit international trade in endangered species products, such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts, is now estimated to be worth $5 billion per year globally.


Read on: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/un-wildlife.html

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