“Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration” announced as theme for World Wildlife Day 2022



United Nations World Wildlife Day 2022 to raise awareness of the state of endangered and critically endangered wildlife, and to highlight the power of conservation efforts to reverse their plight.

Geneva, November 15, 2021 – According to figures from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, more than 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while nearly 30,000 more are considered as threatened or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested that over a million species are threatened with extinction.

The continued loss of species and the degradation of habitats and ecosystems threaten humanity as a whole, as people all over the world depend on the resources of wildlife and biodiversity to meet all their needs, from food, drugs and health to fuel, shelter and clothing.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) today announced the theme for United Nations World Wildlife Day 2022: “Recover key species for ecosystem restorationAs the year approaches for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted, draw attention to the status of some of the most endangered species of wild fauna and flora and on their role in ecosystems will send a powerful message.The theme will also highlight the impact of conservation efforts and promote best practice examples where species have been brought back from the brink, and it will drive discussions to the imagination and the implementation of new solutions to conserve and sustainably use others.

CITES Secretary General Ivonne Higuero said: “The loss of biodiversity is an existential threat to people and the planet. The continued loss of wildlife threatens to undermine entire ecosystems and jeopardize the well-being of all who depend on them. not inevitable: we have the power to change course and restore endangered species and their habitats. With the theme “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration“, we wish to inspire actions aimed at reversing the fate of key species of animals and plants. our hope that World Wildlife Day will help chart the course for a sustainable future, aiming to live in harmony with nature.In the end, we hope to stimulate the political will necessary to adopt a strong global framework for biodiversity after 2020 and guarantee our future. “

The Day also aims to support all ongoing efforts for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular objectives 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero hunger) 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), 13 (Climate action) 14 (Life under water) and 15 (Life on earth) because biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are a foundation for sustainable development.

The CITES Secretariat, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other organizations of the United Nations system, Member States, biodiversity-related conventions, and private sector and civil society actors are rolling out a series of global online activities around World Conservation Day 2022.

This includes a high profile online event on March 3, 2022, a film showcase hosted with Jackson Wild and UNDP, and an international body youth art competition organized with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

In accordance with the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly proclaiming World Wildlife Day, the CITES Secretariat calls upon all Member States and organizations of the United Nations system and other global, regional and subregional organizations non-governmental organizations and all those interested in:

  • observe and raise awareness of the theme of World Wildlife Day 2021;
  • involve indigenous peoples and rural and local communities with experience and knowledge in the use and conservation of vulnerable species and ecosystems in all World Wildlife Day events and celebrations;
  • associate the celebrations with major national and international conservation events;
  • establish collaborative partnerships;
  • make use of World Wildlife Day Logos as widely as possible.

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

CITES Secretariat: Francisco Pérez (quote-media [at] un.org)

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on March 3, 1973 and entered into force on July 1, 1975. With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union) , it remains one of the most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of international trade in over 38,000 species of wild animals and plants. CITES-listed species are used by people around the world in their daily lives for food, healthcare, furniture, shelter, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES seeks to ensure that international trade in these species is sustainable, legal and traceable and contributes both to the livelihoods of the communities that live closest to them and to national economies for a healthy planet and people’s prosperity. in support of sustainable development United Nations Goals.

About United Nations World Wildlife Day
On December 20, 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3 World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna. The date is the day of the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has become the world’s most important annual event. devoted to wildlife.


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