In Focus
African elephants
World Wildlife Day (3 March)

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

In the Spotlight

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Internationally acclaimed British writer Neil Gaiman has been appointed as a global Goodwill Ambassador in February 2017. The announcement comes after three years of close cooperation between Gaiman and UNHCR to raise awareness about the plight of forcibly displaced people and to generate much needed funds.  He has championed UNHCR’s work through media interviews and via his social media channels.  As well as travelling to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees, he has supported several fundraising initiatives and UNHCR campaigns and events, including #WithRefugees, the #IBelong campaign to end statelessness, World Refugee Day and the Nansen Refugee Award.  


The UN System at Work

polluted beach
Clean Seas campaign

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. The #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products; and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habits – before irreversible damage is done to our seas. These initiatives could not come sooner as up to 80 per cent of all litter in the oceans are made of plastic.

The UN System 

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