Message from Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP


The black rhino, the Maui dolphin, the Alabama sturgeon, the orangutan. What do these magnificent creatures have in common? Well sadly, in less than a decade, they could be extinct. This year, World Wildlife Day focuses on recovering key species for ecosystem restoration. Because when we protect and conserve the planet in which these species live, we safeguard not just their futures, we safeguard ours too.

So, on World Wildlife Day, let's commit to address the many threats facing wildlife. Let's make better use of land and sea so we don't erode the wild spaces even further. Let's tackle climate change and pollution, both of which are a threat to all life on the planet. Let’s use natural resources sustainably, so that wildlife and the spaces they inhabit truly thrive and as we do so, let’s put on the brakes on illegal wildlife trade which costs between 7 to 23 billion dollars every year.

This might seem like a tall order, but not when you think of what’s at stake. So, on World Wildlife Day, let’s commit to a planet where people, and animals, and nature flourish together.