The UN World Wildlife Day (WWD) is the global celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to both wildlife and people and the plight of many threatened or endangered species. World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 3rd March, the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, with a focus on connecting young people around the world to explore what wildlife conservation and protection mean to them and instil a responsibility in them to take action for the future of both wild animals and plants.
WWD2017 will be celebrated around the world, with the main events at the UN Headquarters in New York. In the digital world, all the components aims to involve the global community by raising awareness of the issues surrounding wildlife conservation and protection around the world; imparting a duty on young citizens to engage with conservation issues, as they will be the decision makers of tomorrow; and encouraging all citizens to consider how they can help conservation efforts locally for impacts at a global scale. We call on youth around world as well as all citizens to do one thing on this World Wildlife Day, and beyond, to help protect the world’s wildlife.
Find more on wildlifeday.org