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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: October 12, 2000

Statement on Signing the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles,
October 12, 2000

I am pleased today to sign the instrument of ratification for the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. This treaty is the first international agreement dedicated solely to raising standards for the protection of sea turtles.

All six species of sea turtle found in the Western Hemisphere are threatened or endangered, some critically so. The extensive migration patterns of these majestic creatures span thousands of miles in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Consequently, effective conservation measures depend on close international cooperation. This treaty fosters that cooperation and serves as a model for others focused on conserving the world’s most endangered species.

This Convention also demonstrates that countries can work together to protect marine life, and that our trade and environment policies can be mutually supportive. I commend the Senate for giving its advice and consent to ratification of this important agreement.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, October 12, 2000," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215 Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L83MVMTD3NKD71B.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, October 12, 2000." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L83MVMTD3NKD71B.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, October 12, 2000' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L83MVMTD3NKD71B.