Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020:
Sustaining all Life on Earth

3 March 2020 - 9:30-12:00 - Palais des Nations - Room XIV (Cinéma)



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.

The year 2020, known as a “biodiversity super year”, will host several major global events that place biodiversity at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda. It provides a unique opportunity to deliver transformative progress for the conservation and sustainable use of the species of wild animals and plants in response to global sustainable development challenges that can best be addressed with nature-based solutions.

The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, “Sustaining all life on earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to the nature. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 14 (Life Below Water), Goal 15 (Life on Land), Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Goal 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).

In Geneva, a special event to celebrate the day co-organized by the CITES Secretariat, within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will take place at Palais des Nations.


Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

The Secretariats of CITES and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Jackson Wild teamed up to organize an international film showcase highlighting wildlife as an important component of biological diversity and how its conservation and sustainable use will help reduce the risk of unprecedented extinctions from overexploitation.

The Film Showcase will be one of the global events that will anchor this year’s UN World Wildlife Day. Winners and finalist films entered into the competition will be shown throughout 2020, around the world and at various major events.



If you plan to attend this event, kindly register online.




Video of the event

The event will be live on facebook.




Past GEN Events on Wildlife


Provisional Agenda

Opening remarks
David BOYD, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
H.E. Amb. Santiago WILLS-VALDERRAMA, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Colombia to the WTO

Moderator: Juan Carlos VASQUEZ MURILLO, Chief, Legal Affairs & Compliance, CITES Secretariat

Biodiversity loss, wildlife, people and sustainable use
Maricela MUÑOZ, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva
Representative of a Member State from the African region (TBC)
Martha ROJAS URREGO, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Jane SMART, Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group
Matthew KILGARRIFF, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Richemont International SA

Followed by Questions & Answers

Film screening of a selected film or films from the finalists of World Wildlife Day 2020

Film Showcase organized in partnership with Jackson Wild