IFAW CITES: Last Minute Efforts for Polar Bears

To our great surprise, the Committee Chair announced this morning that polar bears could come up for a vote as early as 3pm today. The polar bear coalition spent the morning scrambling to assist the US delegation on their strategy for shoring up votes, and continued to line-up votes ourselves with different delegations with whom we have been talking all week,

This post was filed by Jeff Flocken, the International Fund for Animal Welfare's United States, Washington, D.C. office director from Doha, Qatar where he is attending the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES.

To our team's great surprise, the Committee Chair announced this morning that polar bears could come up for a vote as early as 3pm today. The polar bear coalition spent the morning scrambling to assist the US delegation on their strategy for shoring up votes, and continued to line-up votes ourselves with different delegations with whom we have been talking all week,

Luckily, at the end of the day the Committee Chair announced there would not be enough time to debate polar bears and adjourned early. We all breathed a huge sigh of relief. This happy respite gives us a few more hours to continue educating and courting delegates before the vote, which will likely happen around 9am Thursday morning here. 

Stay tuned...

--JF

For more information about IFAW's work around the world please visit www.ifaw.org.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

I wish you guys all the best. Good luck on your fight. God Bless!

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