Today’s World Wildlife Day is being celebrated worldwide, including Pakistan, under the slogan “Sustaining all life on Earth.”
Sustaining all life on Earth this year’s theme includes all wild animal and plant species as a part of biodiversity.
The Day aims to celebrate the many magnificent and diverse species of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the many benefits that people receive from their conservation.
The wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the natural, genetic, physical, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being.
We are reminded of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and the loss of biodiversity caused by human beings, which have broad economic, environmental and social impacts.
In his message in observance of the day, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said, “let us note our obligation to conserve and use the vast array of life on the planet sustainably. Let us strive for a relationship with nature that is more compassionate, respectful and sustainable.”
Inger Andersen, UNEP’s Executive Director (UN Environment Programme) said in her message this year World Wildlife Day focuses on preserving all life on Earth. This is an opportunity to raise urgent awareness of nature’s plight, the plight of animals, and what this means for human welfare and the world.