• UN Secretary-General

    The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March – the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as World Wildlife Day.  On this second observance of the Day..read more

    General Ban Ki-moon
    United Nations Secretary-General

  • CITES 2015 Message

    Wildlife is now firmly fixed on the United Nations calendar thanks to its own special day. On the 3rd of March 2014 the United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the global celebrations of the first World Wildlife Day and called for us to work for a future where people and wildlife coexist...read more

    John E. Scanlon, 
    Secretary-General of CITES

  • WCO

    “The world’s wildlife is now facing an unprecedented onslaught from criminals who are blatantly contemptuous of the fact that their illegal trading activities are not only putting severe pressure on species that are already endangered, but may also result in other species becoming endangered,”...read more

    Kunio Mikuriya
    Secretary-General

  • UNWTO

    A thriving wildlife forms the very foundation of the tourism sector in many of the world’s destinations. The world’s rich biodiversity is tourism’s natural capital and the mission of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is to advance sustainable tourism development...read more

    Taleb Rifai
    Secretary-General

  • World Bank

    “Criminal activities that affect the environment and natural resources are on the increase and pose an increasingly serious threat to development, with disproportionate impacts on the poorest. “These activities must be understood as part of broader security issues..."...read more

    Paula Caballero, 
    World Bank 

  • UNDP

    World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate wildlife, but it is also a wake-up call to get serious about wildlife crime. We must all do more to halt the illegal trade in wildlife. UNDP and its partners are committed to this task.

    Helen Clark
    UNDP Administrator

  • IUCN

    The world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis of wildlife loss. Species have never been more threatened than they are today, with extinction rates 100 to 1,000 times above their natural level – and humans are to blame. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species identifies many causes...read more

    Inger Andersen,
    Director General

  • European Commission

    Video Message by EC Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella on the occasion of the World Wildlife Day 2015...read more

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    Video message by Mr. Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director celebrating 2015 World Wildlife Day...read more

  • UNODC

    Wildlife crime is slowly stealing the world around us and selling it to the highest bidder. It is an activity without remorse that cares only for the quick profits of today, while ignoring the terrible losses of tomorrow...read more

    Yury Fedotov
    Executive Director
    UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Secretary-General's 2015 Message On World Wildlife Day

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March – the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as World Wildlife Day.  On this second observance of the Day, the UN system, its Member States and a wide range of partners from around the world are highlighting the simple yet firm message that “It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime”...read more

CITES 2015 Message on World Wildlife Day

Video message by John E. Scanlon
Video Message by John E. Scanlon
 

Wildlife is now firmly fixed on the United Nations calendar thanks to its own special day. 

On the 3rd of March 2014 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the global celebrations of the first World Wildlife Day and called for us to work for a future where people and wildlife coexist...read more

John E. Scanlon, 
Secretary-General of CITES