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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Time for Change

SAIIA Chief Execuive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos with CITES Secretary General John Scanlon at the opening of the event. SAIIA Chief Execuive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos with CITES Secretary General John Scanlon at the opening of the event. Photo © Willem de Lange/ SAIIA/ TUSK/ StopIvory

Tusk, in association with Stop Ivory and SAIIA, held a 'Time For Change' international lunchtime reception on the eve of CITES CoP17. The event drew the world's attention to the continuing crisis in poaching and the need to maintain momentum in tackling the issue.

Worth as much as $20billion per year, Illegal Wildlife Trade not only endangers elephants, rhinos and countless other animals, but also threatens international security, national sovereignties and impoverished rural communities.

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Recognising the urgency of the enormous challenges faced by this generation, Tusk held an historic global event to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s wildlife. This simultaneous event in London, Tokyo and Johannesburg delivered powerful conservation messages and calls to action ahead of the opening of the CITES conference, when the world’s attention was focused on tackling the burgeoning illegal wildlife trade.

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As representatives from all over the world gathered in Johannesburg to debate the issues at the conference, CITES Secretary General John Scanlon delivered a speech from the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the venue for the conference. In Tokyo, Dr Haruhisa Handa of ISPS Handa provided his perspective from the Far East. Finally, in London, the event provided a unique platform for Tusk’s Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge to broadcast a personal address to a global audience from The Shard.

The coordinated messages were also broadcast to the world’s media and through live social media streams.

Tusk thank event sponsors ISPS Handa, Land Rover, Avios and Pol Roge.

Guest Speakers

  • The Duke of Cambridge (via a live satellite link from London)
  • John Scanlon, CITES Secretary General

Event details

Date:         Thursday 22nd September, 2016
Time:         12:00 - 2:30pm
Location:    Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg