World Wildlife Day

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World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day logo.png
World Wildlife Day logo
Also calledWildlife Day / WWD
Observed byAll UN Member States
CelebrationsTo celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora
Date3 March
Next time3 March 2020 (2020-03-03)

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in its resolution UN 68/205, decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, as World Wildlife Day, which was proposed by Thailand,[1] to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.

UNGA Resolution[edit]

In its resolution,[2] the General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being.

The General Assembly took note of the outcome of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, held in Bangkok from 3 to 14 March 2013, in particular Resolution Conf. 16.1[3] designating 3 March as World Wildlife Day, in order to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and recognized the important role of CITES in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species.[4]

The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day.


2020: The 2020 theme is “Sustaining all life on earth"[5]

2019: The 2019 theme is “Life below water: for people and planet"[6]

2018: The 2018 theme is "Big cats - predators under threat".[7]

2017: The 2017 theme is "Listen to the young voices".[8]

2016: The 2016 theme is "The future of wildlife is in our hands", with a sub-theme "The future of elephants is in our hands".

2015: The 2015 theme is "It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime".


  1. ^ "CITES CoP16 document CoP16 Doc. 24 (Rev. 1) on World Wildlife Day" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on World Wildlife Day" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Resolution Conf. 16.1 of the Conference of the Parties to CITES on World Wildlife Day".
  4. ^ "Rio+20 recognizes the important role of CITES".
  5. ^ "Sustaining all life on earth announced as theme for next world wildlife day".
  6. ^ "Focusing on marine species for the first time, the next World Wildlife Day is bound to make a splash".
  7. ^ "100 days until UN World Wildlife Day 2018".
  8. ^ "Engaging and empowering the youth is the call of next year's UN World Wildlife Day".

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