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Combatting Wildlife Crime and Reducing the Transmission of Zoonotic Diseases

Please join us for a discussion with representatives from Congress, the U.S. Government, Ambassadors, and scientific experts on combatting wildlife crime.

Wildlife crime is transnational, organized, and often fueled by corruption. It devastates the security of communities, while destroying ecosystems and wildlife. In addition, evidence that COVID-19 jumped from a zoonotic-host has led to renewed calls to further regulate the wildlife trade.

In response to the devastating impact of wildlife crime to the securities of communities, ecosystems and wildlife, the the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime was created to encourage States to fill gaps in international law by progressing two related reforms: to create a new global agreement through the adoption of a fourth Protocol on wildlife crime under the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime, and to amend CITES to incorporate public and animal health criteria into its decision making.

Agenda & Featured Speakers:

Keynote from Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Introduction to the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime 

John Scanlon, Chairperson, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime and former Secretary-General of CITES

John served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018. He is now CEO of the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, Chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime and Chair of the UK Government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund. John has previously worked in the private sector, in government and in senior positions with IUCN and UNEP.

Susan Lylis, Executive Vice President, the ICCF Group

Susan serves as the Executive Vice President of The ICCF Group, overseeing global programs and teams which support leaders in governments throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean in developing conservation caucuses in their parliaments. Susan serves on the steering group of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, representing the ICCF Group as a founding member.

Panel: UNTOC Wildlife Protocol

Dr. Meredith Gore, Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland

Dr. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland. She has published over 100 scholarly products on conservation criminology, including wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, and illegal logging based on extramurally-funded fieldwork on four continents.

Marcus Asner, Partner, Arnold & Porter

Marcus is co-chair of Arnold & Porter’s White Collar practice. He previously served as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan and led the prosecution of United States v. Bengis, one of the most significant wildlife trafficking cases in history. Marcus served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

Christine Dawson, Director of the Office of Conservation and Water, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. State Department

Christine is Director of the Office of Conservation and Water at the U.S. State Department.  She has worked in the U.S. Senate, The Aspen Institute, Georgetown University, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. Ms. Dawson has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1994.

Panel: CITES Proposal 

Craig Hoover, Vice President, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

Craig is Executive Vice President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  He also serves as a special advisor to the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime.  Craig spent 20 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including as the head of the U.S. CITES Management Authority.

Professor Christina Voigt, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo

Christina is a renowned expert in international environmental law and professor of law at the University of Oslo. She represents the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. The Commission is a Champion of the End Wildlife Crime Initiative.

David Quammen, Author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

David an author and journalist. His sixteen books include Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, published in 2012. His journalism on the subject of emerging viruses and pandemic threats has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker magazine, National Geographic, and other magazines and papers.

Event moderated by Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center

Sally is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Prior to joining Stimson, Yozell was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State where she provided advice and technical expertise to advance U.S. policies in the international arena related to ocean, climate, and wildlife protection.

This event is co-hosted by the ICCF Group.

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