United Nations, March 2.- The threats facing big cats from different latitudes are here today the central event of the World Wildlife Day, which seeks to raise awareness about the need to conserve these animals.
The deputy secretary general of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, and the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen, opened the forum with the participation of other high-level representatives of the multilateral body.
With the premise "we all have a role to play," the camera of the Economic and Social Council will host the event, which also will include the 25 edition of the stamps of endangered species," according to a press release.
The big cats are among the most recognized and admired all over the world, however, these predators are constantly exposed to different threats, mostly caused by human activities, says the text.
In general, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat, poaching and illegal trade, among others.
Therefore, the United Nations decided to dedicate this year's event to the felines, with the aim of promoting collective actions of conservation, in line with the objectives of sustainable development.
On December 20, 2013, the UN General Assembly proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day.
Precisely on that date was signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. (Text and Image: PL)