2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants
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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June.

The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

Preparations are also underway for World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2016. WWD, celebrated annually on 3 March, will convene under the theme, ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands,’ for which African and Asian elephants will be a key focus. High-level events planned include the launch of the International Elephant Film Festival; a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora-Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (CITES-MIKE) hosted meeting of all African elephant range states in Nairobi, Kenya; and the launch of the One UN Campaign against Illegal Trade in Wildlife. [UN Press Release] [CITES Press Release]

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