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H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Breakfast Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade
   On May 2, 2017, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming attended the Breakfast Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade co-hosted by the FCO and Defra, and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Protect the Wildlife and Build a Beautiful Global Village". Tobias Ellwood, FCO Under Secretary and Thérèse Coffey, Defra Under Secretary co-chaired the meeting. Ambassadors and high commissioners of countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa were present. Views were exchanged on combating illegal wildlife trade and London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade 2018.

Ambassador Liu delivering a speech


   In his speech, Ambassador Liu gave a comprehensive introduction to the policies, regulations and positive progress of China's wildlife protection, and made suggestions on promoting international cooperation in combating illegal wildlife trade.

   Ambassador Liu stressed that the Chinese government places high priority on wildlife preservation, which is a key part in China's overall national development strategy. Over the years, China has made unremitting efforts to improve relevant legislations including amendments to the Wildlife Protection Law to provide more effective protection of the wildlife and crack down on illegal trade. China has strengthened law enforcement to fight against illegal trade of wildlife, ivory and other animal products. A total ban on the commercial processing and sales of ivory and ivory products in China will be phased in by the end of 2017, which is highly significant for protecting elephants. Unremitting efforts were also made to constantly strengthen international cooperation. China has earnestly fulfilled its obligations as a signatory to The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), supported the UN General Assembly Resolution on "Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife", and conducted three cross-border operations against illegal wildlife trade known as "Mission Cobra" , curbing wildlife trafficking effectively.

   Ambassador Liu noted that international cooperation on combating illegal wildlife trade should be further advanced by building consensus to encourage more countries and organizations to get involved, by working for a comprehensive solution to indentify the specific causes, trends, and damages of wildlife trafficking so as to prescribe remedies that will work, and by coordinating the high-level conferences with the actions of the UN and other international organizations, regional institutions and NGOs to make concerted progress in advancing the protection of wildlife. China appreciates the British initiative in hosting the series of high level meetings on Illicit Wildlife Trafficking and is ready to join hands with all other countries to make persevering efforts to tackle illegal wildlife trade to build a more beautiful and more harmonious global village.

   Tobias Ellwood and Thérèse Coffey said that the series of high level meetings on Illicit Wildlife Trafficking initiated by the UK has made positive progress. The UK welcomes the efforts made by countries to combat wildlife trade and particularly appreciates China's total ban on ivory and ivory products, which is of great significance and positive impact on global protection of elephants. The UK will continue to combat illegal wildlife trade and further strengthen international cooperation to promote the success of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade in 2018.

   The participants spoke highly of China's achievements in combating illegal wildlife trade, and introduced their measures, progress and challenges in strengthening wildlife protection and combating illegal trade. They had heated discussions on enhancing international cooperation and expressed their willingness to constructively participate in the London Conference in 2018.

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   In February 2014, the British Government launched the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in London, and invited representatives from 46 countries and 11 intergovernmental international organizations to attend. Participants adopted the London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, and had agreed on four key actions that would help eradicate the market for illegal wildlife products, ensure legal frameworks and deterrents, strengthen law enforcement, and support sustainable livelihoods and economic development. In March 2015 and November 2016, two Conferences were held in Kasane, Botswana and Hanoi, Vietnam to review the progress of the action plans. In 2018, the UK will hold the fourth Conference in London.


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