World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on the 3rd of March in support of animals and plants across the world. The event was proposed by Thailand and was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly during its 68th meeting. The General Assembly reaffirmed the natural 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!
They would then go on to designate the 3rd of March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The event also aims to recognise 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!
World Wildlife Day is an important event to raise awareness of the extraordinary diversity of wildlife and marine life that we have today. With increasing numbers of endangered and extinct species, it’s essential to educate people on how we can help conserve the planet to continue to provide for future generations!
Every year, World Wildlife Day has a different theme. In 2018, the theme was ‘Big Cats: Predators Under Threat’ and in 2019 ‘Life Below Water: For People and the Planet’. In 2023, the theme is ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’. The theme for 2023 aims to encourage groups to work together in a concerted effort to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, wildlife populations and biodiversity.
In 2023, World Wildlife Day falls on CITIES 50th Anniversary. The organisation centres itself around partnerships that help to ensure sustainability and preservation of species. Working with local and international authorities including the UN, private sectors, non-governmental organisations and more, CITIES have established partnerships across the world that work together to conserve the ecosystem.
On March 23rd 2023, World Wildlife Day will celebrate the bridges that have been built between CITES and various organisations, as well as their contribution to sustainability, conservation, and biodiversity.