This meeting was jointly organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the draft report of the consultant preparing a scoping study for UNCTAD/CITES, present relevant developments and initiatives, and promote cooperation and synergies among stakeholders.
The scoping study addresses issues such as sustainability concerns; traceability, tag and other technological options; compliance with standards and regulations; available institutional frameworks; the value of capacity building and guidance and manuals; and the need for increase engagement from the private sector and conservation organizations. Its findings, along with the inputs received from stakeholders, will provide decision-makers with a comprehensive review of the options available for strengthening the regulatory framework for trade in snake skins.
The UNCTAD–CITES meeting: "Traceability systems for managing international trade in South East Asian python skins" was held with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) under the second phase of the UNCTAD BioTrade Facilitation Programme.