Prince William: Talks must 'ensure survival of wildlife'

Prince William addressed an audience in Thailand via video. Credit: Reuters

Prince William addressed an audience in Thailand via video as part of a conference to 'ensure the survival of the planet's wildlife'.

Some 177 government and agencies have been trying to halt the trade in ivory and rhino horn in an international agreement known as CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

The Duke of Cambridge said: "There will undoubtedly be differences of opinion from time to time, but I know that you are all bound by a common objective: to ensure the survival of the planet's wildlife.

"It is 40 years to the day since the convention was signed in Washington DC, so please join me in wishing CITES a very happy 40th birthday."

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