March 4, 2019 National Exhibition Centre
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Since its conception, countries around the world legislate laws and participate in campaigns to both celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wildlife. This year, the theme for World Wildlife Day was 'Life Below Water: for people and planet.'
The Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC) has the mandate to provide for the protection, conservation, management and sustainable use of Guyana's wildlife. As part of its functions, the Commission is responsible for raising awareness on wildlife conservation across Guyana. One way this responsibility is fulfilled is by coordinating activities to celebrate World Wildlife Day.
One of the planned activities to celebrate World Wildlife Day was an Opening Ceremony and Panel Discussion which involved representatives from government organisations, NGOs, youth groups, volunteer organisations, private sector, and schools. This event was held on Monday, March 04, 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre's Auditorium, Sophia, Georgetown.
The Office of Climate Change was invited and provided with a booth to showcase how the work of the office relates to the World Wildlife Day theme.
Photos: MoTP/OCC/Kojo McPherson