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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.
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.
- The Duke of Cambridge (via a live satellite link from London)
- John Scanlon, CITES Secretary General
Date: Thursday 22nd September, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg