World Wildlife Day 2018

Event date: 
2018-03-03 (All day)
         
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Background

 

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 03 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

The United Nations World Wildlife Day is the global celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to both wildlife and people and the plight of many threatened or endangered species.

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 3 March, the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. The CITES Secretariat is the facilitator designated by the UN General Assembly for the global celebration of the Day.

Theme

 

World Wildlife Day 2018, celebrated under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat”, puts the world’s big cats under the global spotlight for the very first time. These magnificent predators, such cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard and tiger, are found in many parts of the world, from Africa to Asia and the Americas.

With a star-studded cast, this World Wildlife Day promises to be one of the biggest celebrations of the Day, if not the biggest. Big cats are among the most powerful creatures to grace this planet, but they are also the most fragile. They are facing many threats to their survival in the wild, be it loss of habitat and prey, poaching and smuggling, human-wildlife conflict or climate change.

World Wildlife Day 2018 is an opportunity for people from every country to help raise awareness of the plight of big cats and to take personal action to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats.

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Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres
 

On World Wildlife Day we focus on the important role the planet’s wild animals and plants play in our cultures and the sustainability of our societies. This year, the spotlight falls on the world’s big cats. These magnificent predators, which include species such as cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers, are found from Africa to Asia and the Americas.

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>> http://www.wildlifeday.org/

>> Messages for World Wildlife Day 2018

>> Social media kit for World Wildlife Day 2018

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