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WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 2021 DAY OBSERVED

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 2021 DAY OBSERVED

Context

The theme of World Wildlife Day 2021 is ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’ and is observed on 3rd March every year.

Details

  • The day is observed to commemorate the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973.
  • The day is organised by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to increase global awareness about plants and wildlife.
  • The day is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations that to conserve land, life, ensure sustainable use of resources.
  • The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to which States and regional economic integration organizations adhere voluntarily.
  • CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
    • The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations.
    • It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

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