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Message from the OAS Secretary General to Mark the First World Wildlife Day

  March 3, 2014

In 1940, member States of this Organization shared an advanced vision that resulted in one of the regional environmental agreements of greatest scope: the Western Hemisphere Convention on Nature Protection and Wild life Preservation.

Today, this Convention is the basis of national efforts and hemispheric cooperation that supports the implementation of many multilateral instruments.

Some examples of these efforts and cooperation, include the recent establishment of Haiti’s second marine protected area; as well as the partnerships that have been built through our Department of Sustainable Development to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) at the hemispheric level.

Our hemisphere has the most exuberant scenic beauty, the most bio-diverse regions and unique natural resources on the planet, an is also a paradise for thousands of migratory species, as the monarch butterfly and the hummingbird, symbol of our most recent Summit of the Americas, which begin and end their journeys in the gardens and backyards of our neighborhoods, in our parks, in our protected areas, and the natural monuments that exist thanks to a Pan American vision of more than six decades of building peace through environmental cooperation.

On this first World Wild Life Day I invite you to join the OAS and all of the Inter-American and the UN system family in celebrating the natural wealth with which the Americas has been endowed, the challenges we face in its conservation and sustainable use and the lessons we learn every day as we try to address them in a spirit of dialogue, cooperation, and solidarity.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-073/14