World Wildlife Day: 3 March 2019

Date: 
Sun 03/03/19

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

World Wildlife Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat”. Over the past century we have been losing big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, at an alarming rate. World Wildlife Day 2018 provided a platform to raise awareness about their plight and to galvanize support for the many global and national actions that are underway to save these iconic species.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2019 is 'Life below water: for people and planet', which aligns with goal 14 - Life below water - of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Marine wildlife has sustained human civilization and development for millennia, from providing food and nourishment, to material for handicraft and construction. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. It has also enriched our lives culturally, spiritually, and recreationally in different ways.

The capacity of life below water to provide these services is severely impacted, as our planet’s oceans and the species that live within it are under assault from an onslaught of threats.

This is first World Wildlife Day to focus on life below water. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the breathtaking diversity of marine life, the crucial importance of marine species to human development, and how we can make sure it will continue to provide these services for future generations.

For more information about World Wildlife Day, please visit www.wildlifeday.org.