Museveni in London for conference on illegal wildlife trade

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President Museveni received at Luton Airport by Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire a representative of Her Majesty the Queen ahead of the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade
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Geoffrey Baluku

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrived Wednesday in London for an international conference on illegal wildlife trade organised by the British government.

The President was received at Luton Airport by Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire a representative of Her Majesty the Queen and the Uganda delegation led by the Uganda High Commissioner to Britain, Ambassador Julius Peter Moto and Brigadier Mathew Gureme the Defense Attaché.

Museveni will on Thursday present a call to action on illegal Wildlife trade at the conference being held at Battersea Evolution Conference Hall, Battersea Park, London. He will later hold a meeting with the Duke of Cambridge Prince William at Buckingham Palace and attend a dinner hosted by the Giants Club.

This conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade is the fourth in a series of high-profile annual gatherings, first held in 2014, to accelerate efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade.

The London conference will centre on the international criminal networks that continue to traffic wildlife products and on closing the markets they illicitly serve.

With the input of Space for Giants, the British Government organisers have included sessions on ‘Green Corridors’: connected habitats that encourage the natural movement and migration of species, which is key for their survival. Space for Giants’ work, in Uganda, Kenya, Gabon, and now in southern Africa, increasingly focuses on how to secure these huge areas with the smartest possible intelligence-led law enforcement, and much-strengthened legal actions against suspected illegal wildlife trade networks.

The 2018 London conference will be an opportunity for global leaders to build on previous efforts, address the underlying issues that facilitate illegal wildlife trade, and make steps to tackle this criminal trade.

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