Key messages

United Nations Organizations

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

Video message by Mr. Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director

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 more

Yury Fedotov
Executive Director

“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. We should therefore do more to shore up critical institutions on the front line of enforcement, both nationally and internationally. ”

Paula Caballero, 
World Bank Senior Director,

Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice.

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 more

Taleb Rifai

International Governmental Organizations

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

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 more

Inger Andersen,
Director General

“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,..” more

Kunio Mikuriya