On December 20, 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA), in its resolution UN 68/205 in Bangkok, Thailand, decided to proclaim March 3 as World Wildlife Day, at the 16th meeting of the conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
This day aims to provide an opportunity for celebrating the beauty of wild fauna and flora, raise awareness of the many benefits wildlife provides to humans and recognize the important role of sights as an international regime for regulating international wildlife trade for sustainable development and human well-being.
This year’s theme is ”Sustaining All Life on Earth”, and the CITES secretariat calls on all member states and organizations of the United Nations System and other global, regional and sub-regional organizations, NGOs and all interested individuals to observe and raise awareness on the theme.
Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS), as the biggest government agency in wildlife conservation and, CITES Management Authority in Kenya, has joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Wildlife Day at Ruma Nationa Park.
The main aim of the event is to launch the Roan Antelope Strategy and tree planting. The event will be presided over by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala. Osienala(Friends of Lake Victoria) will be among the invited guests attending the celebration.