Date: Sunday, 4 December 2022; 11th Anniversary.
Proposer: Ms. Hilary Clinton, US former Secretary of State
Coordinator: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The World Wildlife Conservation Day is annually observed for the following purposes:
- to raise awareness about the species that are endangered or under threat of extinction.
- to promote protection of the decreasing numbers of wildlife species across the globe.
The first World Wildlife Conservation Day was held on 4 December 2012.
Unlike other world days that were usually proclaimed by the United Nations, the World Wildlife Conservation Day came out of a pledge by the US State Department to protect wildlife species all over the world.
On 8th November 2012, the “Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action” event was held at the US State Department. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State at that time, outlined the White House’s strategy to address the global problem of wildlife trafficking. She put out a call to action, urging conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts to raise awareness and promote engagement on World Wildlife Conservation Day on December 4 each year.
Further, the Endangered Species Conservation Act was issued by the US President Richard Nixon in 1969.
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