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Wildlife Film Festival winners to be announced and honoured by UN on World Wildlife Day
On the occasion of launch of World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in NYC on March 1, the winners of international film festival focusing on marine species, organized the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Jackson Hole, are going to announced.

According to the UN, felicitating winning films will help raise global awareness of the importance of life below water in consonance with the theme of the observance "Life Below Water: For people and planet."

The UN deems the observance as 'opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people' since 'the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts'.

Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG14) aims to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

The UN informs that the ocean contains nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may be in the millions. Further, over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.  However, direct threat of overexploitation particularly unsustainable fishing and other marine species extraction practices but also important threats such as climate change, marine pollution and habitat destruction.

"Spread the word, especially to children and youth. They are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and they deserve a future where we humans live in harmony with wildlife that share the planet with us," urges the UN suggesting the use of some outreach materials developed by the organization.

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