The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions.
The volume features articles by John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs And Crime (UNODC), among others.
The introductory article by John Scanlon highlights some of the most practical tools and front-line support being provided by CITES, as well as under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). Jane Goodall's submission discusses the bushmeat trade and the role of education and eco-tourism in stopping it. Achim Steiner notes that illegal trade in wildlife and timber has escalated rapidly and globally, now threatening national economies. He calls for wider interventions and policy action. Also in the edition, Yuri Fedotov highlights the benefits of good practices for DNA-based and other identification techniques for sourcing and dating ivory. He informs on UNODC's work with partners on guidelines supporting forensic analysis of CITES-listed timber species.