Message from Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations

See President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande's video message here.

On World Wildlife Day we must commit to protect the rich diversity of wildlife species, ecosystems and ecosystem services.

As we strive to build a brighter future, let us not forget that this future cannot come at the cost of our planet’s own well-being. We must balance our own needs with those of the wildlife, habitats and ecosystems that surround us.

We are becoming increasingly aware of our dependence on biodiversity and the negative impact of our own actions on it.

Business as usual has brought one million species to the brink of extinction. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)'s Global Assessment maintains that our well-being and quality of life depends on the endurance of our planet’s rich biological diversity, and we must act to avoid reaching a tipping point that is irreversible.

On this World Wildlife Day, under the theme of "Sustaining all Life on Earth", we celebrate wild fauna and flora as essential components of our world’s biodiversity. We acknowledge the many benefits of wildlife to people, planet and prosperity.

I ask that you pledge to strive for a future where sustainable use of biodiversity and strengthened conservation efforts help us build a better world for all.  I ask you to "do one thing today" to take action to help conserve wildlife, and ensure its continued use is sustainable.