• News:
    Events - Geneva

    In collaboration with GoodPlanet Foundation and UNEP, and with the support of the Thai, Swiss and UK missions, CITES Secretariat organizes an exhibition at the Palais des Nations (Common Spaces, E Building, 1st floor – Door 40)...see more

  • News:
    Events - Tokyo

    The United Nations University will host a World Wildlife Day conference on 3 March 2014 at its Headquarters in Tokyo. The Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime will include a series of panel discussions on current issues regarding policymaking... see more

  • News:
    Events - New York

    The Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Germany and Thailand will organize a side event on the occasion of World Wildlife Day 3 March in Conference Room 2 at United Nations Headquarters. The theme of the event will be “Wildlife and its contribution to Sustainable Development”,... see more

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  • UN Secretary-General

    For millennia, people and cultures have relied on nature’s rich diversity of wild plants and animals for food, clothing, medicine and spiritual sustenance. Wildlife remains integral to our future through its essential role in science, technology and recreation, as well as its place in our continued heritage...see more

    General Ban Ki-moon
    United Nations Secretary-General

  • HRH The Duke Of Cambridge Prince William

    "As President of United for Wildlife, I am delighted to lend my support to the first World Wildlife Day, to be celebrated on 3rd March.  This day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly, is an opportunity for us all to work together towards..." see more

    HRH The Duke Of Cambridge Prince William

  • CBD

    “World Wildlife Day provides occasion to celebrate the wonder and beauty of the world’s wild fauna and flora and to reflect on the multitude of benefits provided by wildlife. During this United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, this day reminds..." see more

    Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias,
    Executive Secretary

  • CMS

    "March 3 is World Wildlife Day. It is a day that has been set aside by the UN General Assembly to promote international cooperation for wildlife. It is an opportunity for countries, organizations and people to come together, to not only celebrate wildlife..." see more

    Bradnee Chambers
    Executive Secretary 

  • FAO

    “FAO associates itself with enthusiasm with the celebration of the World Wildlife Day which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being...see more

    Eduardo Rojas-Briales
    Assistant Director-General

  • IMO

    “IMO firmly believes in the importance of raising awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife provides to people and World Wildlife Day 2014 provides an ideal opportunity to this end. In this connection, I would like to highlight that IMO...see more

    Koji Sekimizu

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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

  • ITC

    “The International Trade Centre (ITC) commends the United Nations General Assembly for the designation of World Wildlife Day on 3 March. This is a day that celebrates the beauty of nature and biodiversity in its myriad forms.We join the CITES Secretariat and the rest of the world in celebrating this very first World Wildlife Day..." see more

    Arancha Gonzalez
    Executive Director


    “Congratulations on the establishment of the World Wildlife Day.

    Many of the world's most majestic endangered species can be found in the drylands, where their habitats are shrinking due to the pressures of development...see more

    Monique Barbut
    Executive Secretary


    "I wish to express my strong support for the World Wildlife Day, the first of which is to be celebrated on 3 March 2014, 41 years to the day the CITES treaty was adopted. It presents a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate the world's diversity and...see more

    Mukhisa Kituyi,

  • UNDP

    “UNDP is appalled by wildlife trafficking and poaching and committed to helping combat it”, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said. “Because poaching syndicates are often linked to organized crime and/or conflict in a country, the illegal wildlife..." see more

    Helen Clark, Administrator


    “Today, we celebrate the first World Wildlife Day, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Since time immemorial, humanity has marvelled at the wild animals with which we co-exist and on which we depend. Prehistoric peoples have depicted wildlife..." see more

    Irina Bokova


    International World Wildlife Day should be a day for a celebration by people everywhere of this planet’s rich diversity in flora and fauna. Across plains, and in oceans and forests, this world teems with life in all its infinite varieties...see more

    Yury Fedotov
    Executive Director
    UN Office on Drugs and Crime

  • UNON

    “As Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, also home of the late Wangari Maathai and just minutes and hours away from some of the world’s richest and diverse wildlife which underpins a big part of East Africa’s economy,..." see more 

    Sahle-Work Zewde


    “Big numbers entail big responsibilities: with more than one billion people travelling the world each year, tourism must be at the forefront to advance wildlife protection across the globe.

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) wishes to express its commitment..." see more

    Taleb Rifai

  • WIPO

    “I take this opportunity to congratulate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat on the celebration of the First World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2014, and wish you every success with this important endeavour”.

    Francis Gurry

  • WMO

    “The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) welcomes the first annual celebration of World Wildlife Day on 3 March of this year. We recognize the value of wild plants and animals, and we believe that an appreciation of wildlife is part of what makes us..." see more

    Michel Jarraud

  • Eurojust

    “The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was finalised and signed on 3 March 1973. This year marks its 40th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, 3 March was chosen as the..." see more



    “INTERPOL is honoured to join the United Nations and CITES in marking this first World Wildlife Day, underlining our shared efforts in protecting the various forms of wild fauna and flora..." see more

    Ronald K. Noble

  • ITTO

    “On the occasion of the first World Wildlife Day, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) wishes to place on the record its congratulations on the anniversary of the founding of CITES and its ongoing support for the goals of CITES as embodied..." see more

    Emmanuel Ze Meka,
    Executive Director

  • IUCN

    “IUCN is delighted to join in the global celebrations of the inaugural World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2014 declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

    World Wildlife Day gives us a chance to highlight the breathtaking diversity..." see more

    Julia Marton-Lefèvre,
    Director General

  • OECD

    “Wild flora and fauna are essential to human welfare, providing food, nutrient recycling, carbon absorption and genetic resources as well as immense aesthetic and recreational pleasure. Yet factors like deforestation, the loss of natural habitat,...see more

    Angel Gurría,
    OECD, Secretary-General

  • OAS

    "In 1940, member States of this Organization shared an advanced vision that resulted in one of the regional environmental agreements of greatest scope: the Western Hemisphere Convention on Nature Protection and Wild life Preservation..." see more

    Jose Miguel Insulza
    Secretary General

  • GEF

    “The Global Environment Facility joins in the observance of World Wildlife Day and commits—every day—to sustaining its critical financial support for programs that address the full range of threats to wildlife. From our role as the leading globa..." see more

    Naoko Ishii
    CEO and Chairperson

  • Ramsar Convention

    “The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is pleased to join the celebrations for World Wildlife Day and congratulates CITES on the launch of the first World Wildlife Day..." see more

    Christopher Briggs
    Secretary General

  • World Bank

    “Wildlife is a crucial component of the ecosystems that form the basis of livelihoods for many hundreds of millions of rural poor. At a time when wildlife the world over is under threat from habitat conversion, fragmentation and poaching, we must work...see more

    Juergen Voegele
    Director of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department

  • WCO

    "The World Customs Organization (WCO) is delighted to join the CITES Secretariat and other United Nations (UN) agencies, as well as other organizations across the globe in celebrating the launch of the first World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2014..." see more

    Kunio Mikuriya

  • WTO

    “As Director-General of the WTO I am proud to support World Wildlife Day. Ensuring that economic growth  and development  can take place without damaging the environment is one of the great challenges of our time – and the WTO has an important..." see more

    Roberto Azevêdo,


    “The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is delighted to join the international community in recognizing and celebrating the first World Wildlife Day. The native species and ecosystems of our planet support billions of people and drive the world’s economy..." see more

    Dan Ashe, Director

  • CIC

    No nature, no wildlife! Nature without wildlife is unthinkable. Both scenarios are not what we want, yet humanity is managing to get there! So, will 1 day in a year of 365 days with us sending well-intended messages make a difference? Yes, because it is a small but ...see more

  • Freeland Foundation

    “Freeland stands with friends around the world in celebrating the first annual World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2014. By rallying behind World Wildlife Day, we call attention to the beauty and intrinsic value of Earth’s wild creatures and plants and their current peril..." see more

    Steven Galster
    Executive Director

  • GoodPlanet Foundation

    “Beauty is our driving force

    Beauty is the driving force of my work as a photographer, and of my fellow photographers who kindly contributed to this exhibition.

    Beauty moves the heart,...." see more

    Yann Arthus-Bertrand

  • IAF

    "The International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey commends and supports the establishment of World Wildlife Day. Our organization represents the conservation aspirations of Falconers from over 70 nations around the globe..." see more

    Dr Adrian Lombard

  • IFAW

    "We must appreciate wildlife. We must celebrate wildlife. And we must champion wildlife. Everyday. Let this occasion—World Wildlife Day—remind us of that. Let it also remind us that organizations that have taken the task to protect wildlife—regardless of our conservation approaches..." see more

    Azzedine Downes
    President and CEO

  • WCS

    We face an unprecedented decline in our planet's biodiversity, largely due to human impacts. More than ever, we need a World Wildlife Day to pause and take note of our responsibility to wildlife - both fauna and flora. WCS is proud to recognize...see more

    Cristian Samper
    President and CEO

  • WAZA

    “The world community of zoos and aquariums is delighted to support the World Wildlife Day, initiated by CITES and endorsed by the UN General Assembly. This important initiative will highlight the intrinsic value of living creatures, their beauty and ultimately..." see more

    Gerald Dick
    Executive Director

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    “We are delighted to share with you some words from Ms Julie Packard, Executive Director of Monterey Bay Aquarium and daughter of Hewlett-Packard (HP) co-founder David Packard on World Wildlife Day: "For 30 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium..." see more

    Julie Packard,
    Executive Director

  • CPW

    The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) welcomes the United Nations General Assembly decision to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day, as a means of celebrating the importance of the world’s flora and fauna,...see more

Secretary-General's Message On World Wildlife Day

For millennia, people and cultures have relied on nature’s rich diversity of wild plants and animals for food, clothing, medicine and spiritual sustenance. Wildlife remains integral to our future through its essential role in science, technology and recreation, as well as its place in our continued heritage. That is why the United Nations General Assembly 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. ...see more

CITES Message on World Wildlife Day

Wildlife now has its own special day on the United Nations calendar.  On the 3rd of March we will for the first time ever celebrate World Wildlife Day.

The 3rd of March is the opportunity for all of us - no matter who we are or where we are - to celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet with...see more

John E. Scanlon,
Secretary-General of CITES

Video Message by John E. Scanlon