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World Wildlife Day 2021 : Theme

World Wildlife Day:

In 2013, 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) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

  • The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of World Wildlife Day.
  • The theme this year: “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”.

About CITES:

  • The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international regulatory treaty between 183 party states.
  • Formed in 1973 and regulates the international trade in over 35,000 wild species of plants and animals.
  • The focus of the convention is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.

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