March 3: World Wildlife Day
The 2020 year was earlier announced as “BioDiversity Super Year”. Therefore, several events are being conducted based on biodiversity. It includes World Wildlife Day as well. This year the World Wildlife Day is being celebrated under the theme
Theme: Sustaining all Life on Earth
The Day is being celebrated by several leading organizations of the world. It includes United Nations General Assembly, CITES and other regional and non-governmental organizations. On this day, they aim to build collaborative partnerships, organize conservation events and demand illegally sourced wildlife and products.
Significance of the theme
Sustaining all Life on Earth includes all plant species and wild animals as component of biodiversity. It also includes use of natural resources in support of the following Sustainable Development Goals
- SDG 1-No Poverty
- SDG 12-Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns
- SDG 14-Life Below Water
- SDG 15-Life on Land
The resolution to mark world wild life day was passed at the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly that was held on 20th December, 2013.
Why March 3?
On March 3, 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted. The World Wildlife Day was proposed by Thailand.