World Wildlife Day - Listen to the Young Voices

Bonn, 2 March 2017 – Every 3 March World Wildlife Day is celebrated around the globe to commemorate the day on which CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) was signed. World Wildlife Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the planet’s animals. This will be the fourth year that this day is celebrated and it is hoped that with the support of international community it will continue to grow.  It is vitally important to protect wildlife from the dire consequences of climate change, pollution, habitat loss, illegal trade, and poaching.

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) also plays a pivotal role in the conservation of wildlife, as it grants protection to animals as they cross international boundaries and encounter many obstacles and dangers along their migratory routes.

I think engaging with young people today is essential if we are to find solutions for environmental problems. Their passion and idealism are essential to implementing sound conservation strategies so that wildlife and humans can coexist on the same planet.  I hope that when you celebrate World Wildlife Day this year, you think not only of all biodiversity, but also about those species that travel long distances and whose survival is in peril.

Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS

In his video address, CMS Executive Secretary, Bradnee Chambers explains how during his youth his participation at an outdoor education camp in rural Ontario inspired him to pursue an environmental career. Watch here for the full statement:

The theme for this World Wildlife Day 2017 is “Listen to the Young Voices,” given that a quarter of humanity is between the ages of 10 and 24. Awareness-raising events, including parades, exhibitions, presentations and a photo competition will take place around the globe. 

Watch More: Bradnee Chambers (CMS) and Natalie Robi Tingo (Restless Development) - Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development (Bonn 2017) - Live Stage

Last updated on 06 March 2017