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World Wildlife Day 2023: Theme, significance, and background

World Wildlife Day 2023: Theme, significance, and background

World Wildlife Day 2023: Theme, significance, and background

World Wildlife Day 2023: Theme, significance, and background

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  • The United Nations General Assembly observes “World Wildlife Day” each year.
  • The goal of (UNGA) is to honor those who are protecting the world’s flora and fauna.
  • The Convention is a global agreement between governments.
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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) observes “World Wildlife Day” each year to raise awareness of worldwide plants and wildlife. In December 2013, it was declared at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The goal of World Wildlife Day 2023 is to honor those who are making a difference in protecting the world’s flora and fauna by promoting partnerships for wildlife conservation as the theme.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was ratified on March 3, 1973, and it plays a crucial role in ensuring that the species’ survival is not endangered by international trade. The Convention is a global agreement between governments to ensure that the species’ survival is not endangered by international trade in wild animal and plant specimens.

One of the most effective tools for biodiversity conservation in the world, CITES regulates trade in wild animals and plants and has 183 member nations.

At the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16), which took place in Bangkok in March 2013, a decision was made to designate March 3 as “World Wildlife Day.” This CITES resolution was sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand, which was the host of CITES CoP16.

Non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations, philanthropies, and UN agencies must continue to work for wildlife conservation, sustainable use, and the fight against illegal trade and wildlife depletion in accordance with this convention.

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According to data from the United Nations, approximately 50,000 wild species supply the needs of billions of people worldwide, and one in five people rely on wild species for food and income. Additionally, cooking requires wood fuel for 2.4 billion people. According to data from the United Nations, one million species are currently in danger, including cacti, seaweeds, giraffes, parrots, and oak trees.

The United Nations observes particular days, weeks, decades, and years, each with a distinct theme or subject. Through the establishment of special observances, the organization encourages international action and awareness of these issues. Numerous actors have the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of each international day.

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