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Die 69. Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen in New York verabschiedete am 30. Juli 2015 erstmalig eine Resolution zur Bekämpfung der Wilderei und des illegalen Handels mit Wildtieren. Die Resolution stellt ein klares Bekenntnis der Weltgemeinschaft für den gemeinsamen, verstärkten Einsatz gegen den dramatischen Anstieg der Wilderei und des illegalen Wildtierhandels dar. Wichtige Ziele der Resolution sind unter anderem die Verbesserung der Strafverfolgung, die Stärkung der internationalen Zusammenarbeit bei der Bekämpfung von Korruption und Geldwäsche sowie die Reduzierung der Nachfrage nach illegalen Produkten.


On 30 July 2015, the United Nations General Assembly urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife. Through the new resolution, the Assembly expressed serious concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and the alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa, which threaten those species with local extinction and, in some cases, with global extinction. “Illegal wildlife trafficking not only threatens species and ecosystems; it affects the livelihoods of local communities and diminishes touristic attractions. It compromises efforts towards poverty eradication and the achievement of sustainable development,” said the President of the 69th session of the Assembly, in remarks read by Vice-President Denis G. Antoine. Adopting a consensus text resolution, the 193-Member body encouraged Governments to adopt effective measures to prevent and counter the serious problem of crimes such as illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products, including flora and fauna and poaching. The resolution suggests “strengthening the legislation necessary for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of such illegal trade, as well as strengthening enforcement and criminal justice responses, acknowledging that the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime can provide valuable technical assistance in this regard.”

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