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23 October 2018

Representatives of 120 countries meet in Russia for first time to discuss restricting trade of rare animals and plants

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Proxy Centre organized the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was held in Sochi on 15 October.

 The session of the Standing Committee was the first event organized in Russia in the history of the CITES. Roughly 800 representatives from 120 countries discussed the conservation of rare plant and animal species. The session participants analysed ongoing research and measures for the conservation of rare plant and animal species and considered the most effective tools to combat the illegal trafficking of endangered species of flora and fauna on a global scale.

The meeting included seminars attended by members of the Standing Committee and CITES experts during which specialists shared their experience in biodiversity conservation. One of the key issues addressed at the session was the preparation for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, which will take place in Sri Lanka in 2019.

In addition to members of the CITES secretariat, the session was attended by representatives of the relevant international organizations of the UN system, observers from non-governmental organizations, and members of the media. The session was opened by Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin.

Proxy Centre carried out a wide range of work to prepare for and hold the event based on orders from the All-Russian Research Institute of Environmental Protection.

Business programme and venue preparation

Preparations for the event began in July 2018, three months before the event. Proxy Centre specialists developed a plan for the CITES session and the zoning of the sites where the session events took place. They also prepared an informational and analytical review of topical issues concerning the international trade of endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

The company completed all the tasks required to prepare venues for the CITES session, including the plenary hall, business event rooms, and offices for the organization’s working groups. All the venues were provided with the necessary convention equipment and furniture.
Work with delegations

Proxy Centre took on the full range of measures to provide services to the foreign delegations of the congress. The company’s specialists provided support for delegations and organized a call centre for delegates as well as logistics and transport services for the session. They developed and printed information and analytical materials for the session participants as well as souvenirs that were presented to the delegates.

The session

The company provided comprehensive organizational and administrative support for the CITES session, including informational support and work with the media. Professional video and photography services were organized along with the simultaneous translation of all session events.

Per the customer’s wishes, the company’s specialists ensured the forum was effective as a platform at which:

  • the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and other Russian structures could effectively interact with other Parties to the Convention;
  • a presentation was given of the role and place of the Russian Federation in the system of global international mechanisms that coordinate the efforts of all countries to combat the illegal trafficking of rare species of animals and plants;
  • a presentation was given of the importance of the role of the Year of Ecology in Russia in 2017 in international environmental cooperation.


The CITES provides various degrees of protection for more than 33,000 animal and plant species. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international government agreement that was signed in 1973 in Washington. The parties to the agreement include 169 countries. Russia joined the CITES in 1992.