CITES was designed by subjecting the international trade in specimens of selected species to specific controls. All imports, exports, re-exports and introductions of species covered by the agreement must be authorised by a licensing system. Under Article IX of the Convention, the administrative and scientific authorities designate each of the contracting parties to the agreement one or more management authorities responsible for the management of this licensing system and one or more scientific authorities to advise them on the impact of trade on the status of species on the CITES list. Its objective is to ensure that the international trade in wildlife species does not endanger the survival of wildlife, and it grants more than 35,000 different animal and plant species. To ensure that the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was not violated, the GATT secretariat was consulted during the development process.  N.B. It is UHA policy that all international agreements be prepared in English, which is supposed to be the designated language used to interpret, interpret and enforce the agreement. On request, the sponsor may translate this agreement into a more familiar language, but if a translation of the agreement conflicts with the English version or contains terms that deviate from the English version or the English version, the English version is a priority. If the UH is invited to sign a non-English version of the agreement in addition to the English version, a specific translation (whether provided by the partner institution or by the HMO) and a qualified speaker of that language must be designated by UHM or UHM for a complete and accurate translation. A statement that the translation has been verified and authenticated and by whom must be included in the signature action mmo. The University of Hawai`i in Menoa collaborates with educational and research institutes around the world and offers international opportunities for students, teachers and researchers. A detailed description of the UHM procedures for defining different types of international agreements is available on the International Agreements page on the website of the OIEP CITES is one of the largest and oldest existing agreements on conservation and sustainable use.
Participation is voluntary and countries that have agreed to be bound by the convention are called contracting parties. Although CITES is legally binding on contracting parties, it is not a substitute for national laws. On the contrary, it provides a framework respected by each party, which must adopt its own national legislation for the implementation of CITES at the national level.