Silence descends on venue for CITES' meeting

The triennial meeting of nations signatory to CITES (the UN International Convention on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has still not been rescheduled two full months after the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka forced its cancellation.

Why the delay? Why is the meeting being held hostage to safety considerations in Sri Lanka?  If terrorism is still a potential threat there, why not shift the meeting to the facilities in Geneva already well prepared to host UN agencies?

Worse, the secretary general of CITES has remained silent on the policy considerations involved in her decision. She has not shared with the thousands of delegates, observers and journalists who planned to attend the May 2019 meeting why her decision is taking so long.

Editor's Comment
Bravo, Matlala JSS for recognising employees!

Last Friday, Matlala Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Tlokweng did just that – they organised an event to honour their teachers and support staff. This gesture is truly commendable, as teachers occupy a pivotal role in the lives of our children.To be completely candid, teachers are the ones who shape our children from a very tender age, investing a significant amount of time in their growth and development. It's not uncommon to hear parents...

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