On February 13, the Government of the United Kingdom hosted a high-level conference on the illegal trade in wildlife. The U.S. delegation to the conference included senior representatives from the Departments of State, Justice, and Interior – the three co-chairing agencies of the President’s Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking – and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), emphasizing the whole-of-government approach to tackling the illegal trade. Associate Attorney General Tony West served as the head of the U.S. delegation, which included the Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber, USAID's Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Eric Postel, and Department of Interior’s Counselor to the Secretary Letty Belin.
Attendees of the conference, which was hosted by U.K.’s Prime Minister David Cameron, included high level representatives from more than 40 countries. The assembled governments issued a declaration, emphasizing urgent action as necessary to end wildlife trafficking and eliminate demand through high-level political commitment and international cooperation.
For further information, please contact the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Public Affairs Officer Christopher Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.