March 3 World Wildlife Day
On December 20, 2013, the UN General Assembly decided to proclaim (resolution A / RES / 68/205) March 3 as World Wildlife Day, with the aim of raising the awareness of the general public on the issues of wildlife and flora. This event was a separate milestone in the history of the UN, which made this decision. From now on, the human calendar has a date dedicated to wildlife. The same year, 40 years have been celebrated since the adoption of another important document in the field of protecting natural diversity. It was called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The birthday of the document was March 3, 1973.
The birth of the holiday in the UN was preceded by the initiative of the participants of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, held in Thailand in spring 2013. It is necessary to clarify that this meeting is held between representatives of the countries that signed the Convention of March 3, 1973. It was at this Conference that it was proposed to declare March 3 as World Wildlife Day. With this proposal, the participants of the Conference appealed to the United Nations, presenting there the results of the Conference itself. Participation in the 1973 Convention was not mandatory, but the countries that signed it are obliged to comply with the conditions set forth in this document. It should be noted that 180 countries are parties to the Convention. The USSR joined the participants of CITES in 1976, and Russia, being the successor of the Soviet Union, in 1992. More and more people are thinking about the importance in the life of the planet, not only man, but also every living creature, be it an animal or a plant.
The appearance of such a holiday is due to the understanding of the need to preserve biodiversity on the planet. Concern about preserving the number of endangered species of fauna and flora, about the possible consequences of their complete extinction for other species pushes not indifferent people of science, politics, economics and ordinary citizens around the world to join forces to save what is largely dying due to human intervention in world of nature. More and more people are thinking about the importance in the life of the planet, not only man, but also every living creature, be it an animal or a plant. This holiday and its competent holding with the participation of the media allows us to expand the horizons of knowledge of the world for ordinary citizens, to show people the beauty of wildlife created and living independently of the world of people. He is teaching a person to live in harmony with the outside world. The awareness of people about the beauty of nature, its diversity and the uniqueness of each individual species should contribute to this process of harmonization. Changing the consciousness and attitude to the wild, giving up the idea of the infinite nature of natural resources will allow our children and grandchildren to find the most harmonious way of coexistence with wild nature, which will enable them to enjoy the beauty and splendor of this miracle!