Date: March 3
Organized By: UN, CITES
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day. This day is to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora and recognized the important role of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species. This date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
In its resolution, the General Assembly 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.
2017: Listen to the young voices.
2016: The future of wildlife is in our hands.
Sub-theme: The future of elephants is in our hands.
2015: It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime.
Actions and Programs
The day is celebrated with many programs and activities to involve people around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.
It also encourages governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers to put their efforts in protecting wild life. The day is celebrated with many programs and activities to encourage all citizens to put their part in protecting wildlife and their habitats as local communities can play a positive role in helping to curb illegal wildlife trade.