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Lets rededicate ourselves to the protection and wellbeing of all wildlife: Leaders stress on World Wildlife Day
As the World Wildlife Day 2019 gets celebrated across the globe on March 3 with the theme "Life below water: for People and Planet", the messages on the observance's official website pour in.

The UN Chief Antonio Guterres, in his message, which has already been circulated, urged the world community to be sensitive towards marine life since it was under severe pressure, ranging from climate change to pollution, the loss of coastal habitats and the overexploitation of marine species.

In her message, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly, said that 'Life below water' might sound far away from our daily life; a subject best left to scientists and marine biologists; but it is anything but. Increasingly we are coming to understand how connected our world is and how much impact our actions are having on the oceans, on the rivers and waterways, and in turn on the wildlife, above and below water, that have come to rely on them.

She added, "I would like to highlight the incredibly important issue of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans and the devastating impact that this is having on marine ecosystems, on marine wildlife, and on biodiversity."

In his message, John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, Sri Lanka, stated, "Sri Lanka's resolve towards eradication of the menace of illegal trade of endangered species is well documented and we remain firmly committed to the protection of all species. As a marine and biological hotspot in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is proud to host CITES CoP in May this year. The fact that the conference in Sri Lanka is carbon sensitive goes to show our commitment towards environmental protection. Therefore Sri Lanka will be celebrating World Wildlife Day 2019 in a very meaningful manner by rededicating ourselves to the protection and wellbeing of all wildlife that have made our beautiful island their home." 

Achim Steiner, Administrator of United Nations Development Programme, posted, "Did you know that every second breath we take is thanks to microscopic ocean plankton who produce half of the oxygen on earth? To date, scientists have identified over 240,000 marine species in the ocean, and we continue to discover around 2,000 new species every year, from fish to cetaceans to molluscs.Imagine that just one litre of seawater may contain 38,000 different kinds of microbes. The ocean, and the incredible biodiversity it contains, provides critical services every day to every member of our society, from food security to genetic resources to regulating global climate ? to providing the oxygen we breathe."

Message from Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime says that his agency was fully engaged in supporting member states to confront the many serious offences committed along the fisheries value chain. UNODC works at the frontline with criminal justice institutions.

Message from Mukyisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development stated, "At UNCTAD we are doing our part to meet SDG 14 by seeking to phase out subsidies that contribute to IUU fishing, overfishing, and overcapacity. We are also working to help countries implement electronic customs procedures that enable countries to comply with national and international regulations under CITES, and to pursue a Blue."

Message from Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment reads, "Our oceans provide food, nourishment and livelihoods to over 3 billion people on Earth." 

Message from Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary-General of Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Callie Veelenturf, Representative of Youth for Wildlife Conservation have also expressed similar concern on the website.

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