London to Host Global Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Fifty heads of state invited to London summit, which will aim to halt surging demand for elephant and rhino products

London to Host Global Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Fifty heads of state invited to London summit, which will aim to halt surging demand for elephant and rhino products
  • What Conference
  • When Feb 01, 2015 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Africa/Luanda / UTC23)
  • Where London
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David Cameron will host the highest level global summit to date on combating the illegal wildlife trade in London.
The summit next February, to which 50 heads of state have been invited, aims to tackle the $19bn-a-year illegal trade in endangered animals, such as elephants and rhinos, by delivering an unprecedented political commitment along with an action plan and the mobilisation of resources.

The Prince of Wales and his son the Duke of Cambridge, who will both attend the summit, have previously highlighted the strong links between wildlife poaching, international criminal syndicates and terrorism and threats to national security. "We face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever, and we must treat it as a battle – because it is precisely that," said Prince Charles in May.

 

Elephant ivory and rhino horn are worth more than illegal diamonds or gold, and the proceeds have been used by rebel groups in African countries, such as al-Shabaab in Somalia and the Lords resistance army in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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