HONOLULU — Members of an international environmental group are debating a proposal to urge leaders in every country to ban trading ivory.

A recent study says the number of savanna elephants in Africa is rapidly declining and the animals are in danger of being wiped out because of the ivory trade.

A panel of members of The International Union for Conservation of Nature was debating the proposal Wednesday at the World Conservation Congress in Honolulu. But some members of the global group of representatives from governments and nonprofit organizations are pushing back on proposing a ban.

If negotiators agree on the language it will be up for a vote Friday.

If the group passes the proposal, it won’t have power to enforce it. But it could help countries craft policies.