15 November 2012

Africa: U.S. Combats Wildlife Trafficking

press release

Natural resources worldwide are under pressure. By working with other governments, organizations, and people around the world, the United States can meet global conservation challenges.

One of these is illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts amounting to $10-$20 billion per year-second only to arms and drug smuggling. To confront the growing threats to global wildlife from poaching and illegal trade in wildlife, the State Department created the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT). The coalition consists of U.S. Government agencies, other governments, and private sector partners. This coalition aims to bring the public and private sectors together to accomplish three goals, improving wildlife enforcement, reducing consumer demand, and catalyzing high-level political will to fight illegal trade in wildlife.

Please join us for a telephone conference on Thursday, November 15thth at 1400 GMT (0900 EST). Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert D. Hormats will brief journalists on the U.S. Department of State's efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.


Speaker(s): Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Robert D. Hormats

Topic: U.S. Department of State Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 9:00 EST | 14:00 GMT |15:00 West Africa | 16:00 Central/South | 17:00 East Africa

Language: English

Bio(s): Please see below or http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/129529.htm

Ground rules: ON THE RECORD

RSVP: AF Media Hub, afmediahub@state.gov and Buhle Makamanzi (makamanzib@state.gov).

Numbers to dial: US (Domestic): 800-230-1074

International: +1-612-332-0107

Access Code: 271954

Other info: Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT): http://www.cawtglobal.org/cawt/public/

Under Secretary Hormats Bio: Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment

Term of Appointment: 09/23/2009 to present

Bob Hormats was sworn in as Under Secretary of State on September 23, 2009.

Bob was formerly vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International). He joined Goldman Sachs in 1982.

Bob served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981 to 1982, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1979 to 1981, and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979. He served as a senior staff member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1969 to 1977, where he was senior economic advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Bob was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 1982 and the Arthur Fleming Award in 1974.

Bob has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and served on the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Dean's Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bob's publications include The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars from the Revolution to the War on Terror; Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy; American Albatross: The Foreign Debt Dilemma; and Reforming the International Monetary System. Other publications include articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker and The Financial Times.

Bob earned a BA with a concentration in economics and political science from Tufts University in 1965. He earned a MA in 1966 and a PhD in International Economics in 1970 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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