Prince William to give keynote speech at Illegal Wildlife Conference

Prince William in Kenya
Prince William meets pupils from Ol Maiso Primary School during his trip to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/KensingtonRoyal

The Duke of Cambridge, who returned to the UK from Kenya on Monday after his three-country trip to Africa, is to give the keynote speech at an international conference on tackling illegal wildlife trade.

Hosted by the British government, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference is taking place in London next week to try and find ways to address the criminal trade, which is worth billions of pounds a year.

After drugs, weapons and human trafficking, the illegal trade in animals, body parts, plants and timber is the fourth most lucrative transnational crime.

The conference, the fourth international meeting on the issue, will be attended by heads of states and officials, wildlife charities, academics and businesses. It will focus on building coalitions, tackling the trade as an organised crime and shutting down markets for illegal products.

William will also join an evening reception at St James’ Palace with his brother Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to officially open the conference.

He will also meet with political leaders and attend a meeting of the Elephant Protection Initiative.

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