Actions and Detail Panel
Stop Ivory/LSE Event: Global Challenges
Thu 27 April 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Global Britain, Global Challenges: Africa and international partners are banning the Ivory trade. Should Britain follow suit?
The announcement by China of its intention to close its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, following the lead of the majority of African governments, India and the US, is a potential game-changer in global efforts to ensure elephant survival. With over 20,000 African elephants slaughtered every year for their tusks since 2008 – a rate unsustainable for the survival of the species - the need for bold action is imperative. The commitments by the US in 2016 and China in 2017 to ban ivory sales are crucial steps in bringing the wanton destruction of elephants and their habitats to a halt, offering a dramatic example of the innovative co-operative partnerships necessary to build sustainable development in the 21st century.
A panel of distinguished diplomats and experts will discuss why many governments are joining forces to bring an end to the ivory trade, what challenges they face in implementing their commitments and what Britain can do to support this growing international consensus. Speakers include H.E. Lazarus Amayo, High Commission of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Aichatou Sanni Aoudou, Gabon Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Shu Zhan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People's Republic of China and Dan Ashe, President of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (former Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service)