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International Day of Forests Commemorated Worldwide [viewed]

International Day of Forests21 March 2014: In celebration of the second International Day of Forests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the important benefits of forests: habitat provision for 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity; support of an estimated 1.6 billion people; adaptation and mitigation to climate change; and the maintenance of a timber and wood industry that accounts for almost 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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Event: World Wildlife Day [viewed]

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day. The General Assembly requested the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the UN system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day. The first celebration of this annual event will be celebrated on 3 March 2014. Twitter: #WorldWildlifeDay  

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World Wildlife Day Website Launched [viewed]

wildlifeday21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced the launch of the website developed for the occasion of World Wildlife Day. 

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Iraq Joins CITES [viewed]

CITES21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that Iraq has joined CITES as its 180th party. 

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London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade Adopted by 46 States [viewed]

london-conference_on_the_illegal_wildlife_trade14 February 2014: At the closing of a high-level conference on illegal trade in wildlife hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) and the British Royal Family, representatives from 46 States endorsed the 'London Declaration,' emphasizing urgent action to end wildlife trafficking and eliminate demand through high-level political commitment and international cooperation.

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Event: London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014 [viewed]

This conference on illegal wildlife trade, hosted by the United Kingdom (UK), will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world's most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The goal of the conference is to agree a high level political commitment to take urgent action to tackle illegal wildlife trade. The conference will focus on elephants, rhinos and tigers.  

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Operation COBRA II Announces Seizures and Arrests [viewed]

CITES10 February 2014: Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade led by officers from 28 countries, concluded with over 400 arrests in Asia and Africa and more than 350 seizures of illegal wildlife goods.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event [viewed]

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.

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Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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