Fight against illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora is a priority for France
Fight against illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora is a priority for France in the domain of fight against organized criminality ; that is why France is involved on that topic in several multilateral and intergovernmental discussions.
During the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), a resolution on that matter, supported by France among other countries, was adopted during the 22d session in April 2013.
In May 2014 the 23d session deals with several resolutions, among which one adresses illicit trafficking in timber and forest products.
Moreover experts from member states, ONUDC, CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora) and NGO discuss during a side-event on how to address wildlife and forest crime, member states.
In December 2013, more than 40 Heads of State, governments and delegations attended the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa in Paris. Fight against illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora was on the agenda. During the round table entitled “The fight against poaching and trafficking of endangered species” 18 states signed or adhered to the Paris declaration, in order to act in an ambitious way against these crimes, dangerous for biodiversity, sustainable development, and also for economic and social development.
Several measures were decided to strengthen ONUDC and call on the international community to rise awareness on these topics.