Messages for World Wildlife Day

Message from CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon

World Wildlife Day is a very special day on the UN calendar that raises awareness of wildlife conservation with the general public and galvanize action in national and international fora. It is today the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

The theme for this year - ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, aims to inspire young people around the world to actively participate in wildlife conservation efforts.

Youth are the agents of change. We recognise that our young citizens have the greatest chance of ensuring the survival of the world’s precious wildlife. It is the obligation of the current generation to share their knowledge of wildlife conservation with the younger generations, whilst also  empowering and encouraging them to actively engage and participate in innovative and creative ways. Investment in our young people will help ensure the continued survival of wild animals and plants and support the fight against the devastating illicit trade in wildlife.   

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Message from One More Generation

Hey everyone, this is Olivia and Carter and we are the founders of our non-profit called One More Generation (OMG) which we created back in 2009 in an effort to help save endangered species and clean up our environment for at least One More Generation... and beyond.  We believe that education is the key to solving all the problems of the world.  If people were taught at an early age to care for all species on this planet and our environment, we would not have so many species on the brink of extinction.

Since starting OMG, it has been our goal to share information about the plight of many endangered species and about what we are doing to protect wildlife and the environment.  Our hopes are that by educating the masses, we will increase the number of people who care and together we will find solutions.  We ask everyone to please consider supporting  the United Nations World Wildlife Day and get involved in increasing awareness about the plight of wild animals and plants all around the world.

We have created lots of resources on our website and there are lots of our partners around the... See more

Message from Youth for Wildlife Conservation

We are delighted to announce that this year, World Wildlife Day will celebrate the growing impact of youth in conservation efforts worldwide. With people under the age of thirty representing over half of the world’s population, and the fate of some of the world’s most endangered and iconic species on the edge of existence, it is becoming all the more important to engage young people in decisions affecting the world’s wildlife.

From patrolling forests to protect rhinos in South Africa or combating wildlife trade in Vietnam, to rescuing orangutans in Borneo and animating wildlife workshops in Canada, the collective youth impact is widespread and undeniable. It is now time, on World Wildlife Day, to acknowledge and applaud the dedication and energy of young wildlife lovers across the globe working towards a common goal, to protecting our priceless wild animals and plants for generations to come.

Youth Voices were heard last year at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the... See more