By Azzedine Downes
Although New York City is half a world away from the elephants we are striving to save, standing here today with Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, other colleagues from leading conservation organisations, and several heads of state, my resolve to protect these innocent, intelligent and social creatures has never been stronger.
We may look like business people at any other meeting, but we represent millions of citizens, activists and donors dedicated to ensuring the future is protected and safe for African elephants.
The most exciting aspect: we are all in agreement about a way forward.
Bringing our years of collective experience and knowledge to the table, we have mapped out a formal Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment called the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants.
Together we will: stop the killing, stop wildlife trafficking and stop the demand.
Each partnering organization brings unique expertise and approaches to every aspect of the plan, which means we can have impact on each of these three critical areas.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) alone brings more than 10 years’ experience working with INTERPOL, a trusted partner since the inception of their wildlife crime program to stop wildlife trafficking.
We also bring more than 16 years of working on wildlife product demand and other animal issues in China, as well as our work within African, European and US markets to stop demand for wildlife products, including elephant ivory. More....