The stamps commemorate CITES CoP17 with 12 species of
CITES-listed animals and plants found in Africa,
including cape pangolin, lion, mountain gorilla, white
rhinoceros, which are high on the agenda of the meeting.Africa is home to a rich diversity of wild
animals and plants, including some of the
world’s most admired species.
loss of habitat and poaching driven by illicit
trafficking, with the latter being the most
immediate threat for some species, has decimated
both charismatic species, like elephant and
rhino, and lesser known ones, such as pangolins,
in recent years.
Some of these species are featured on the
CoP17 has brought the world’s governments and
wider community of interest together to tackle
these issues, not only in Africa but on a global
scale in its largest ever gathering.
Commenting on the issuance of this special
edition of the UN Endangered Species Stamps,
CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon, said:
"It is almost two decades since an African
country has hosted a meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to CITES."
All eyes will be focused on South Africa and
on CITES over the coming two weeks as its 182
Parties (181 countries and the European Union)
take critical decisions affecting the future of
some of the world’s most precious wildlife, he
Since July, the UN General Assembly has
adopted two resolutions on tackling illicit
trafficking in wildlife. It is therefore highly
appropriate that the UN Postal Administration
issues these special stamps to raise awareness
of wildlife conservation and to mark CITES
CoP17, Scanlon said.
UNPA Chief Thanawat Amnajanan said the UNPA
has been working with CITES for its Endangered
Species stamp series for over 20 years.
He said the United Nations is honoured to
issue this special "Eye on Africa" edition of
Endangered Species stamps to celebrate and
support the important work of CITES and to
promote the CITES CoP17 - the World Wildlife
The 12 species of wild animals and plants
featured on the "Eye on Africa - CITES CoP17"
Addax (Addax nasomaculatus); African lion
(Panthera leo); Avonia Quinaria; Cape
pangolin (Smutsia temminckii); Cape vulture
(Gyps coprotheres); Disa uniflora; Grey
crowned crane (Balearica regulorum);
Madagascan mantella (Mantella
madagascariensis); Mountain gorilla (Gorilla
beringei); Nile crocodile (Crocodylus
niloticus); Mystacidium Capense, and White
rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum).
This is the 23rd edition on the UN Endangered
Species stamps since the series started in 1993,
featuring CITES-listed species each year.
The Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES) is an international agreement between
182 Parties (181 countries and the EU).