Initially scheduled to take place in May 2019 in Colombo (Sri Lanka), the 18th conference of parties to CITES (CoP18) was finally held in Geneva from 16 to 28 August 2019. Member States adopted four decisions in line with requests that have been backed for a long time by organisations representing the music sector.
1. Musical instruments exempted from the CITES certificate in respect of dalbergiae
The joint proposal of Canada and the EU with regard to Annotation 15 on dalbergiae, which made provision for exemption from the CITES certificate for finished musical instruments, finished parts and musical instrument accessories, was adopted by consensus without modification.
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