The Duke of Cambridge will be kicking off a three-day visit to New York by campaigning against wildlife trafficking, an industry that Prince William is calling "one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today."
William is expected to address illegal wildlife trade at a conference on Monday held by the World Bank Group's International Corruption Hunters Alliance. Excerpts of his speech have already been released and reveal that the Duke is poised to target China, the country with the highest demand for products like elephant ivory.
"Some endangered species are now literally worth more than their weight in gold," the speech reads. "Traffickers are taking advantage of globalization, hiding within the huge flows of goods across borders and exploiting technology - from helicopters and precision weapons to the borderless market of the internet."
Prince William has been speaking out against illegal wildlife trade for several years now, founding the organization United for Wildlife, which brings conservation groups together under one umbrella organization. The Duke and his father, Prince Charles, released this video last February: