UN gets tough vs wildlife trafficking
The Manila Times
July 25, 2021
The UN General Assembly on Friday (Saturday in Manila) adopted a resolution
on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife.
The resolution recognizes the economic, social and environmental impacts of
illicit trafficking in wildlife, and emphasizes the importance of effective
international cooperation among member states, relevant multilateral
environmental agreements and international organizations.
It urges member states to reinforce their efforts and adopt effective
measures to prevent and counter the serious problem of crimes that have an
impact on the environment, conservation and biodiversity, such as illicit
trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products.
The resolution urges member states to take decisive steps at the national
level to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, on
the supply, transit and demand sides, including by strengthening their
legislation and regulations.
It strongly encourages member states to cooperate at the bilateral,
regional and international levels to prevent, combat and eradicate
international illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products.
It encourages member states to enhance cooperation for the timely and
cost-efficient repatriation of illegally traded live wildlife, and to
enhance information-sharing among national and international authorities on
the seizure of illegally traded wildlife and wildlife products in order to
facilitate follow-up investigation and prosecution.