International Relations

Country: Kyrgyz Republic
Committee: Economic and Social Council
Delegate: Rodrigo Garcia
Topic: Combating the Illegal Global Trade in Wildlife

The Kyrgyz Republic believes that the problem of illegal wildlife trade is one of the most pending problems at this current time ( There are many species of animals that are endangered or are on the verge of being endangered, like Kyrgyzstan's own snow leopard. That is why the Kyrgyz Republic is making steps towards stopping international problems such as poaching and illegal wildlife trade; the Snow Leopard Enforcement Group is an example of our steps towards anti-wildlife trading.
Illegal wildlife trade is one of the most lucrative illegal trades in the world. Over the past 40 years, nearly 52 percent of the world’s wildlife has been wiped out of existence. The African elephant population has been cut in half since the 1970's due to ivory poaching. It is estimated that the African elephant will be extinct in the next 10 years if this does not stop. Illegal wildlife trade is appealing to poachers because demand drives crime. The value of rhino horn on the black market has risen high enough that it surpasses diamonds or cocaine. A kilogram of rhino horn is sold for up to $65,000 (
The reason poaching is such a rampant disease is because countries do not have harsh consequences and have weak judicial systems. Poachers can pay fines with money they gain from poaching animals, and get off with little punishment. Poachers and traders exploit under-resourced and under-funded wildlife conservation sectors. Kyrgyzstan believes that the regional and international problem of illegal wildlife trade needs to be stopped as soon as possible, if we are to protect and preserve our animals and habitats. Kyrgyzstan has focused on protecting its own snow leopard, an endangered species whose numbers have begun to dwindle in the past decade.
The Kyrgyz Republic would like to recall the General Assembly’s...