Historic UN resolution against wildlife crime
African elephant (Loxodonta africana), bull with large tusks. Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
The first-ever UN General Assembly resolution tackling the illegal wildlife trade was adopted by all 193 UN member states in July. Initiated by Gabon and Germany, it was co-sponsored by another 84 countries, including key players such as China, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the US. The resolution recognises the threat organized wildlife crime poses to good governance, national security and sustainable development as well as wildlife, and calls for concerted action to counter the global poaching crisis. WWF played a key role in the process by providing technical advice and advocacy support in the run up to its adoption, and the final version incorporates all of WWF’s major asks. WWF will now focus on assisting countries to implement the resolution.