GENEVA - A-PRIL 2003-
Thank you Mr Chairman
Since this was the first time that NGOs have participated
in Standing Committee in this way, I'd like to thank
you on behalf of the 70 organisations that make up the
Species Survival Network for your remarks and your support
for the participation of Non-Government Organisations.
I would like to extend my thanks to all the members
of the Standing Committee.
As you have indicated, this is an experiment but one
which, I believe, does the Standing Committee and CITES
much credit, extending the openness and inclusive nature
of the Convention. I appreciate that there may
be some who still question or feel uncomfortable with
our attendance in this forum but, over time, I believe
such apprehensions will evaporate.
I believe that the participation of NGOs, all NGOs
of whatever persuasion, strengthens the Convention and
I trust that the contributions made here over the last
four days have been both constructive and positive.
With the goodwill of the Standing Committee, the members
of the SSN look forward to developing further our relationship
with the Standing Committee, building trust and respect,
contributing effectively and playing a continuing role
in supporting CITES.