African Elephant Summit

2-4 December 2013


IUCN and Government of Botswana

About the Summit

The African Elephant Summit was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 2-4 December 2013.  

Delegates from 30 countries and 27 inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations participated in discussions around key urgent measures required to stem the growing illegal ivory trade and its impacts on elephant populations in Africa.  A set of 14 urgent measures were adopted by consensus.

The summary record is now available in English and French.

Urgent measures

Following two days of discussion and negotiation, a set of urgent measures were adopted by consensus by delegates at the African Elephant Summit, representing 30 countries and a number of inter-governmental organizations.

The urgent measures are available in English and French

A number of countries signed them formally: 

  • Botswana
  • Germany
  • Niger
  • Somalia
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Two inter-governmental organizations signed the urgent measures:

  • IUCN

A number of other organizations signed statements of support:

  • Conservation International
  • CIC - International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation
  • Elephants Without Borders
  • Frankfurt Zoological Society


African Elephant Meeting

On 23 March, 2015, the Government of Botswana hosted the African Elephant Meeting as a follow-up to the African Elephant Summit. More information on the conference proceedings, which were primarily closed to the media, will be posted as available.

On 25 March 2015, the Government of Botswana convened the Kasane Conference on The Illegal Wildlife Trade as a follow-up to the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held in February 2014, resulting in the issuing of the Kasane Statement.


  • African Elephant Specialist Group