World Wildlife Day - 03 March 2014
2014-03-03 (All day)
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day.
The General Assembly took note of the outcome of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, held in Bangkok from 3 to 14 March 2013, in particular Resolution Conf. 16.1 designating 3 March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species.
The General Assembly also reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions – including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic – to sustainable development and human well-being.
The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day.
World Wildlife Day 2014 provides an opportunity to, inter alia:
- celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora;
- raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife provides to people; and
- raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts
World Wildlife Day is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the day reminds members of the community of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) invites all member states, relevant organisations of the United Nations system as well as all other interested organisations and individuals from airports to museums to schools to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife
- Minister Edna Molewa’s speech at the celebration of the World Wildlife Day event.
- Minister Edna Molewa marks World Wildlife Day with the handover of rhino to the Mdluli Tribal Authority, Mpumalanga.
- UN General Assembly Proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day.
- The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)