Messages for World Wildlife Day

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General

On World Wildlife Day, we reflect on our responsibility to protect the magnificent diversity of life on our planet. And we recognize our abject failure.

Human activities are laying waste to once-thriving forests, jungles, farmland, oceans, rivers...

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Csaba Kőrösi

UN General Assembly President

Dear friends, 3rd of March 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. I'm pleased to be celebrating this important milestone with you all. Recently, we have...

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Ivonne Higuero

CITES Secretary-General

World Wildlife Day was created to be a celebration of all wild animals and plants and a recognition of their diversity, their beauty and the contribution they make to our well-being.

It’s a special day in the year and this year is even more special as...

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Inger Andersen

UNEP Executive Director

On World Wildlife Day we mark 50 years of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES. 50 years of regulating international trade in endangered species. 50 years of conserving some of the planet’s most...

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David Cooper

CBD Deputy Executive Secretary

On World Wildlife Day we celebrate the diversity of the world’s wild plants and animals and the contribution they make to our lives and to the health of the planet. Wildlife provides people with food, medicines, shelter and fuel. They help to...

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Achim Steiner

UNDP Administrator
UNDP Administrator

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, it is my privilege to join our close partner, CITES, to mark World Wildlife Day 2023, and the 50th Anniversary of CITES.

You may be familiar with the African...

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

WTO Director-General
WTO Director-General

This year's World Wildlife Day comes at a pivotal moment in our lives - the polycrisis of wars, energy and food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss constantly remind us of our fundamental duties as leaders in our global community: we...

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QU Dongyu

FAO Director General
FAO Director General

As we celebrate World Wildlife Day under the theme ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’, it is importance to highlight that working together in partnerships is critital to promote the conservation, sustainable use and management of wildlife...

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Valerie Hickey

World Bank Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB)

Happy birthday, CITES. Thank you for always reminding us that nature and natural capital, wildlife and wilderness is not a nice to have, but an absolute must-have. It's already so important in global trade, just as it is important for global food...

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Pedro Manuel Moreno

UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General

World Wildlife Day is The opportunity to celebrate the richness of our wild flora and fauna, and a reminder of the importance of preserving it, for the sake of people and planet.

UNCTAD has been a constant partner of CITES. Together, we champion...

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Jürgen Stock

INTERPOL Secretary General

Safeguarding our planet and addressing climate change are the great challenges of our time. Biodiversity is perhaps our most valuable resource. It sustains and enriches life on Earth. Like anything of value, biodiversity and particularly endangered...

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Sheam Satkuru

ITTO Executive Director

On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the International Tropical Timber Organization reiterates its support for the work of CITES towards the improved management and conservation of threatened tropical tree species. 

ITTO and CITES began...

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Monique Eloit

WOAH Director General

Biodiversity is a diversity of living species on Earth in all its forms. It constitutes what is also called nature and wildlife is an integral part of it, like humans. Biodiversity plays a vital role in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems...

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Anne Larigauderie

IPBES Executive Secretary

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Amy Fraenkel

CMS Executive Secretary

This year's World Wildlife Day highlights partnerships for wildlife conservation which greatly resonates with the work of CMS, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species. 

Addressing the many challenges for wildlife conservation is only...

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Peter Thompson

UN Special Envoy for the Ocean (UNSEO)

Warm greetings to you all from the South Pacific where I’m recording this video in the company of my four granddaughters. I often refer to them in my Ocean Action speeches, stressing the point that all our endeavours should be ruled by the principle...

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Joint Statement

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW)

Fourteen international organisations join together ahead of World Wildlife Day 2023


This year’s World Wildlife Day theme of ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’ highlights the many ways in which people can make a positive difference for wildlife...

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Steffi Lemke

German Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection

Bruno Oberle

IUCN Director General
IUCN Director General

IUCN congratulates CITES on its 50th year milestone and joins in the global celebrations marking the event. We are proud that CITES began thanks to an IUCN Resolution adopted in 1963, and that over the last 50 years IUCN and CITES have developed an...

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Richard Scobey

TRAFFIC Executive Director

We at TRAFFIC are proud to support this year's World Wildlife Day theme of Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation, as it is a strong reminder that humans and nature are fundamentally linked. TRAFFIC has just finished our new strategy to guide the...

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Kirsten Schuijt

WWF International Director General

World Wildlife Day, celebrated on 3 March 2023, marks 50 years since the CITES was adopted. 

This is an important milestone, made possible by cohesive action and strong partnerships. 
WWF joins our partners in celebrating the importance of these...

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Dan Ashe

AZA President and CEO

Hello everyone, my name is Dan Ashe, the President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a former career employee and former Director of The United States Fish & Wildlife Service.  I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful World Wildlife Day...

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Robb Menzi

WCS Interim President and CEO

On this World Wildlife Day, the 50th anniversary of the creation of CITES, we at the Wildlife Conservation Society extend our gratitude to the individuals and organizations who put their focus and energy behind protecting and saving nature  

For the...

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