The Duke of Cambridge gave a passionate speech about the illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank in Washington DC earlier this week.During the speech, the Duke announced that a taskforce, chaired by former Foreign Secretary William Hague, would be established to examine the transport industry’s role in the illegal wildlife trade and identify ways “the sector can break the chain between suppliers and consumers”.“The task force will bring together key partners and representatives of the transport sector, underpinned by expert legal advice,” he said. “It will draw together existing evidence and information about the illegal wildlife trade, identify gaps in knowledge, and commission research to plug those gaps.“The taskforce will call on companies to implement a “zero tolerance” policy towards the trade. Criminals are able to exploit weak and corrupt standards, so we must raise those standards, collectively.“I am delighted that William Hague, the former British Foreign Secretary and chair of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held earlier this year, is here today and has agreed to chair an international taskforce.“Within a year, the taskforce will work with the transport industry to develop recommendations for how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking trade routes; with the sole intention that the implementation of these recommendations will lead to a tangible and significant reduction in the illegal wildlife trade.“Cooperation is our greatest weapon against the poachers and traffickers who rely on evading individual national initiatives. By taking a truly international approach, we can get one step ahead of them.“Our collective goal must be to reduce the wildlife trade by making it harder: denying traffickers access to transportation, putting up barriers to their illegal activities, and holding people accountable for their actions. Those who look the other way, or spend the illicit proceeds of these crimes, must be held to account.“Some people may say that this is an impossibly difficult task. It is true that like any organized crime, the illegal wildlife trade is a many-headed hydra. Tackling it will be a complex challenge.”To read the full speech, click here.
War Child and O2 are proud to announce the line-up, dates and venues for Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big names acts in the most intimate music venues.This special series of gigs supporting War Child will be especially important coming, as they do, after an unprecedented year of violence for children in war zones.The full line up isThe Vaccines16 Feb, Dublin Castle, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text VACCINES to 88450Ride(Andy Bell and Mark Gardener acoustic show) 19 Feb, 100 Club, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text RIDE to 88450Duran Duran19 Feb, Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text DURAN to 88450You Me at Six22 Feb, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text YMAS to 88450Bastille23 Feb, Sofar Sounds House Party, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text BASTILLE to 88450Elbow24 Feb, the Roadhouse, ManchesterYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text ELBOW to 88450Ticket detailsTickets to all shows are available by lottery.Each entry costs £4.50 and offers the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show. You can enter as many times as you like.Every entry will make a vital contribution to War Child’s work protecting vulnerable children who have been affected by conflict around the world.