Every day we are bombarded with reports of wildlife poaching, destruction of habitat and degradation of the environment. Its clear we need to take responsibility for our planet, before its too late. The task seems insurmountable yet its the small things that count. Water conservation, recycling and use of renewable energy sources are simple life habits that every individual can adopt. It all adds up ! The remarkable people who literally put their lives on the line in order to protect wildlife and habitat are our inspiration, they give us hope that perhaps we can stop the madness, and preserve what we have been given for our children. What ever your contribution is, make sure that you celebrate World Wildlife Day next week.
27 February 2014
“On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
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, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.
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.
Welcoming the news, CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, said, “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 us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.”
“We invite all member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system as well as all other interested organizations and individuals — from airports to museums to schools — to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife”, added Scanlon”