The 3rd of March is designated each year as World Wildlife Day to honour and raise awareness about both biodiversity and wildlife throughout the world. The day’s goal is to increase people’s interest in wildlife and their knowledge of the diverse range of global plants and animals.
3rd March 2023 will be a particularly important day because it will be CITES’ 50th birthday. With the Parties to the Convention working towards the common objective of preserving the sustainability of endangered species, CITES has stood at the intersection of trade and conservation.
The organizations that are influenced and governed by CITES’s rules have worked together to bridge gaps and resolve differences. In order to concentrate on the protection of species and ecosystems, these alliances have proved crucial at the national and local levels in every nation on the planet.
World Wildlife Day 2023 Theme:
The theme for World Wildlife Day 2023, “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation,” is particularly significant because it acknowledges, in the year of CITES’ 50th anniversary, the significant role that CITES has played in creating partnerships for wildlife protection and the fact that the strength, as well as breadth of those partnerships, have also contributed to the success of the Convention.
World Wildlife Day 2023 Date:
3rd March, Friday 2023
World Wildlife Day History and Significance:
The United Nations General Assembly established World Wildlife Day in 2013 to honour and promote wild animals & plants around the globe. This date was selected to honour the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) signing, which occurred on that day in 1973. Also, it named the CITES Secretariat as the organizer of this special day’s international observance.
World Wildlife Day was proposed during the 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16), which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 3rd to 14th, 2013. The UNGA declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day on December 20, 2013, during its 68th session.
The utilization of wildlife for food, energy, resources, medicine, recreation, inspiration, and a variety of other essential contributions to human well-being benefits billions of people every day in the world. These benefits to humanity are in danger due to the escalating global biodiversity catastrophe, which is putting a million plant and animal species at risk of going extinct.
World Wildlife Day is a chance to commemorate the many exquisite and diverse species of wild wildlife and flora as well as to spread awareness of the many advantages that their preservation offers to humanity.
The Day also serves as a timely reminder of the critical need to intensify efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade or wildlife crime and species extinction brought on by humans, both of which have detrimental impacts on society, the environment, and the economy. Stopping the loss of biodiversity in light of these numerous negative repercussions is “Goal 15” of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
We can encourage many individuals to take steps to safeguard wildlife and secure a prosperous future for ourselves and the planet Earth by enjoying the wildlife.