Geneva - More than 100 countries blocked efforts to loosen a ban on the trade of rhinoceros horns, which has been in place for more than 40 years, at a conference in Geneva on Sunday.
Eswatini, the small southern African kingdom formerly known as Swaziland, had proposed an amendment to allow the sale of its stock in white rhinoceros horns and to exempt the country's 66 white rhinos from the ban.
On Thursday, the meeting of the 183 countries that have signed on to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) already voted down a proposal to ease restrictions on trading elephant ivory.
The decisions taken by the parties to the global conservation pact must be confirmed in the closing days on the conference on August 27-28.
Eswatini had argued that the country and its neighbours in the region have been successful with their conservation drives. While this may not be the case further north, the nation argued that southern Africa should not be punished as a result.