Illegal Wildlife Trade conference Hanoi

The Heads of State and Ministers from more than 50 countries and 10 international organizations will be attending the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) on November 17 and 18.


Guest of Honor is HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William who will be making opening remarks along with the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.



Hosted by the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and supported by the UK Government, the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade is the third international conference on illegal wildlife trade after the London and Kasane Conferences.


The main goal of the Hanoi Conference is to adopt the Hanoi outcome document, which will reaffirm the commitment of signatory countries in four main objectives: (1) Eradicating the Market for Illegal Wildlife Products; (2) Ensuring Effective Legal Frameworks and Deterrents; (3) Strengthening Law Enforcement; (4) Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic Development.


It is widely acknowledged that illegal hunting of and cross-border trade in wildlife has become a global problem, with the participation of organized and trans-national crime syndicates, with increasingly sophisticated tactics. The battle against illegal trade of wild species, therefore, is not the problem of a single country or continent, but it involves the global communities.


The Hanoi conference is expected to mark an important turning point in Vietnam’s efforts in strengthening its commitment in the responsibility to combat illegal wildlife trade, contributing towards social security, and sustainable development.


The Hanoi Declaration, which is a joint statement between the governments of 40 participating countries, will be issued after the IWT conference and will call for reasoned, tangible, and unified action against illegal wildlife trade.


According to the IWT web site: “Wildlife poaching and trafficking are progressively complex issues and are increasing the risk of extinction for many endangered and rare species of wildlife, adversely affecting natural resources and rural communities, generating illegal profits for international crime syndicates, and resulting in the risk of new infectious diseases.


“Response to this global threat is equally varied and complex. Comprehensive and realistic approaches are needed across the entire trade chain, including preserving wildlife populations and habitat, sustainably managing legal trade, curbing poaching, strengthening legislation and enforcement, preventing illegally traded wildlife from crossing borders, and reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife in consumer markets.”