On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.
Previously, 3 March had been designated as World Wildlife Day in a resolution made at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held in Bangkok from 3 to 14 March 2013.
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime.
|The Egyptian Management Authority of CITES |
On the World Wildlife Day , hosted by Dr. Usama Seleim- of General Organization for Veterinary Services Chairman, the event launched at the Education Conservation Center in Giza Zoo at 9:30 a.m. with an official meeting of the Management Authority of CITES and some members of the scientific committees followed by a public awareness campaign for school students focused on the problems facing Wildlife in Egypt and the importance of the global celebration of wildlife day, ended with a work shop on designing and painting masks for their favorite zoo animals , demonstrating in the Zoo putting on their masks carrying signs defend the animals rights and wild animals conservation.
|Celebration of the world wildlife day at greater Cairo library in Zamalek |
On the afternoon , the Wildlife staff has joined the world wildlife day celebration held in the Greater Cairo Library – Zamalek and participated in the activities launched with the opening speech of the representatives of CITES and Wildlife Department " Dr. Fatma Tammam , president of the management authority of CITES and Dr. Ragy Toma , the vice president.http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/