Hugh Paxton’s Blog regrets to say that nobody in government or in opposition here in Thailand noticed World Wildlife Day. Neither did the media or anybody else. I didn’t either. But elsewhere? Some people made an effort and here’s some of it.
From: Juan Carlos VASQUEZ [mailto:Juan.Vasquez@cites.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:44 AM
Subject: CITES Press Release – World Wildlife Day – 3 March
Please find below some links to photos and footage from the event celebrating the first World Wildlife Day ever at the Palais des Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) today.
Many thanks for your support to world’s wild fauna and flora,
File – Wildlife.zip
Photographer Eric Bridiers captured some beautiful photos which we’ve put on Flickr. They can be freely reused (although we’d love a credit for Eric if you do) and are located here:
For use of the media only;
not an official document.
CITES PRESS RELEASE
PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD GO WILD FOR WILDLIFE
First World Wildlife Day gets ‘thunderous’ support
Geneva, 3 March 2014 – From Geneva to Tokyo and from New York to Nairobi, people around the world are today celebrating World Wildlife Day for the first time ever. Special events to mark the day are planned in Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Germany, Mongolia, New Zealand, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, among others.
Overwhelming support for World Wildlife Day has come from countries across all regions and organisations dealing with agriculture, development, nature conservation and maritime matters to Customs, justice and police as well as the economy, finance, trade and tourism. Civil society groups from across the globe and many committed individuals have also expressed their enthusiastic support for wildlife as has the private sector.
Social media networks have been mobilized world-wide under the hash tag #WorldWildlifeDay and the slogan: ‘let’s go wild for wildlife’.
World Wildlife Day gives the international community a day to celebrate wildlife, to reflect on the relationship between humans and wild plants and animals, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist in harmony. People around the world have clearly embraced the Day.
"While the threats to wildlife are great, we can reduce them through our collective efforts. On this inaugural World Wildlife Day, I urge all sectors of society to end illegal wildlife trafficking and commit to trading and using wild plants and animals sustainably and equitably", U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in declaring today to be the inaugural World Wildlife Day.
CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon said “We are thrilled by the enthusiasm and overwhelming support for wildlife coming from so many places and people. It gives us great hope that we can secure a sustainable future for wild plants and animals, as well as for ourselves.”
“This special Day in the UN calendar has given the world a chance to reconnect with our planet’s wild side and has drawn global attention to our collective responsibility – as citizens and consumers – to bring the illegal wildlife trade to an end” added Scanlon.
On 20 December, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 March, the date of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
The CITES Secretariat was honoured to have been requested by the UN General Assembly to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day in collaboration with relevant UN organisations.
Major UN events
In Geneva the "Wild and Precious” exhibition featuring photos of seven of the world’s most renowned nature photographers, is being unveiled at the Palais des Nations, in the presence of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, John W. Ashe, President of the General Assembly, Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation and Yan Arthus-Bertrand President of the GoodPlanet Foundation to showcase the beauty of wildlife. The event is being sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Switzerland,Thailand and of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland together with the CITES Secretariat.
In Tokyo, the United Nations University is hosting a Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime to raise public awareness on the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.
In New York, the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Germany and Thailand are organizing an event focused on wildlife and people and the role played by wildlife in sustainable development and human well-being.
Note to editors: For more information, contact Juan Carlos Vasquez at +41 22 917 8156 or juan.vasquez.
World Wildlife Day is also on:
Official Website: http://wildlifeday.org/
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/worldwildlifeday
Key messages in support of World Wildlife Day
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC
United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization FAO
United Nations Development Programme UNDP
United Nations Environment Programme UNEP
United Nations Office at Nairobi UNON
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD
United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO
International Maritime Organization IMO
World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO
World Meteorological Organization WMO
The World Bank
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
The Global Environment Facility GEF
International Trade Centre ITC
World Trade Organization WTO
Convention on Biological Diversity CBD
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES
Convention on Migratory Species CMS
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Ramsar
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD
International Tropical Timber Organization ITTO
International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation ICC
World Customs Organization WCO
International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW
International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey IAF
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Richardson Center for Global Engagement
Wildlife Conservation Society WCS
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums WAZA
HRH The Duke of Cambridge Prince William
All key messages available at: http://www.wildlifeday.org/key-messages
UN Goodwill Ambassadors
Goodwill Ambassadors messages available at: http://wildlifeday.org/content/Goodwill_Ambassadors
Juan Carlos Vasquez
Communication and outreach officer
CITES Secretariat – UNEP – United Nations
tel (+4122) 917 8156 (direct)
Mobile: (+4179) 552 2732
World Wildlife Day 2014 Chinese.doc
World Wildlife Day 2014 French.doc
World Wildlife Day 2014 Russian.doc
World Wildlife Day 2014 Spanish.doc
World Wildlife Day 2014.Arabic.doc