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World Wildlife Day 2020: Theme, Significance and History

Theme of World Wildlife Day 2020 is aimed to encompass all wild animals and plant species as a component of biodiversity

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on every 3rd March to celebrate and raise awareness about the world’s wild flora and fauna. In the 68th session, the United States General Assembly (UNGA), in its resolution decided to celebrate 3rd March as World Wildlife Day.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) declared the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2020: “Sustaining all life on Earth”.

The year 2020 which is being called a “biodiversity super year”, will host several major global events that place biodiversity at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda. It provides a unique opportunity to deliver transformative progress for the sustainable use and conservation use of the species of wild animals and plants in response to global sustainable development challenges that can best be addressed with nature-based solutions.

The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, “Sustaining all life on earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as an important  component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 14 (Life Below Water), Goal 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) and Goal 15 (Life on Land).

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A series of global and national events and social media activities will take place on World Wildlife Day 2020

The CITES Secretariat, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN system organizations, biodiversity-related conventions, Member States, and civil society, are unrolling a series of global and national events and social media activities around World Wildlife Day 2020, including a high-level event at the UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March, a film festival and international youth art competition.

In line with the UN General Assembly Resolution proclaiming World Wildlife Day, the CITES Secretariat called all member States and organizations of the United Nations system and other regional, global and sub-regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and all interested individuals, to:

1. Observe and raise awareness of the theme for World Wildlife Day 2020

2. Associate the celebrations with major international and national conservation events

3. Organize campaigns to support the conservation and sustainable use of wild animals and plants and use targeted strategies to influence consumer behaviour and reduce demand for illegally-sourced wildlife and their products

4. Build collaborative partnerships to benefit the flora and fauna

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