SunstarTV Bureau: A glimpse of greenery is enough to make one’s heart warm along with beautiful birds and animals in the forest. But a time had reached when people became unaware about the importance of those beautiful wildlife creatures for the society. So, about raising awareness of wildlife, its safety of the flora and fauna, each year in March 3 is been celebrated as ‘World Wildlife Day’ whole over in the world.
History and Significance
On December 20, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness about animals and plants on our planet.
In its resolution, the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of flora and fauna and reaffirmed the intrinsic value and various contributions of wildlife.
The UN went on to declare that World Wildlife Day would be dedicated to keeping people aware and updated about the changing nature of the world and the flora and fauna that are constantly threatened by human activities.
The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of World Wildlife Day.
Today, the day has become one of the most important events for wildlife.
Theme of the year
This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”.
The theme is described on wildlifeday.org as: “As a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.”
The themes for previous years were – “Sustaining all life on earth” (2020), “Life below water: for people and planet” (2019), “Listen to the young voices” (2017), “Big cats – predators under threat” (2018).