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Wildlife trade: Regulated markets involving local communities, ‘essential’ to balance humans and nature

Since COVID-19 emerged in central China in late December, health officials have raced to locate where and how the virus was first transmitted from its likely animal origins, to humans.

As the main international regulator dealing with the wildlife trade - both legal and illegal - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, is highlighting the crucial importance of developing a better balance in the relationship between people and the natural world.

Calling for further regulation of a trade which millions around the world rely on, as a source of income and protein, Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of CITES, has been speaking to UN News’s Siwen Qian, about the risks and opportunities involved.

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UN deputy chief see first-hand toll of climate change on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat

Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, which United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe.

‘Extinction crisis’ pushes countries to agree stronger protection for global wildlife

At-risk wildlife that is facing a “growing extinction crisis” received a boost on Wednesday, as countries wrapped up a marathon meeting in Geneva, by agreeing to increased protection measures and more sustainable trade in animals and plants across the globe. 

On World Wildlife Day, UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats

Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to save these iconic species.

Wildlife conservation, sustainable development in spotlight at UN-backed conference

Unless the international community integrates wildlife conservation with sustainable development, it will not be able to protect the remaining animal species on Earth, the head of a United Nations-backed environmental treaty today said at the opening of a wildlife conference in the Philippines.

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Continued fighting, airstrikes, threaten thousands in Syria’s Deir-ez-Zour

The UN voiced continuing alarm over the impact of fighting and airstrikes on civilians in Syria’s Deir-ez-Zour governorate on Tuesday.

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Mongolia: Lethal livestock plague now hitting endangered antelope, warns UN agency

The international pledge to eradicate a devastating livestock disease affecting mostly sheep and goats has taken on new urgency in the wake of a mass die-off of a rare Mongolian antelope, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN-backed treaty concludes summit with ‘game changing’ outcomes for wildlife protection

The triennial conference of the parties to a United Nations-backed wildlife treaty concluded yesterday with actions that are expected to go a long way in ensuring protection for some of the most vulnerable plants and animals on the planet.

“We’ve got to stop these guys” UN wildlife chief slams rosewood trade

“We’ve got to stop” the criminals who have turned endangered rosewood into the world’s most trafficked wild product.

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UN-backed fund expands wildlife protection plan to 19 countries in Africa and Asia

A United Nations-backed partnership fun has approved an additional $40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia.