World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3rd March. It is a United Nations international day to celebrate all the world’s wild animals and plants and the contributions that they make to our lives and the health of the planet.

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The theme of World Wildlife Day 2023

The theme of World Wildlife Day for the year 2023 is “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation…”

  • World Wildlife Day is also a celebration of CITES as it turns 50. So March 2023 is a very special date as it is also marking the 50th anniversary of CITES.
  • In recognition of the work CITES does and the collaborative work for conservation that is going on globally, the theme for World Wildlife Day this year is ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’…

History of the date:

This date was chosen because of the establishment of CITES. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora was signed in 1973.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day; to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants

The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.


World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

This year, the theme is “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation”. It will allow us to celebrate all conservation efforts, from intergovernmental to local scale. Within this theme, the day has a focus on two sub-topics:

  1. Marine life & oceans – with around 70% of our planet covered by water, the impact of marine conservation is incredibly important.
  2. Business & finance – globally, conservation efforts need to be funded and this work needs to be done in collaboration with business – an area that, in the past, has been seen as exploitative and unsustainable. Successful partnerships for conservation must find ways of including business if we are to reverse the loss in biodiversity.

The theme ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’ will provide the opportunity to highlight the people who are making a difference as well as to celebrate the bridge that CITES has been for these partnerships to form, making a significant contribution to sustainability, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation.



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