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11/25/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/25/2019 11:00

Wildlife films to animate 2020- 'biodiversity super year'

Geneva/New York/Jackson Hole - The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Jackson Wild, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly announced today, the 2020 international film showcase with a focus on the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife as an important component of biological diversity.

The Film Showcase will be one of the global events that will anchor next year's UN World Wildlife Day (3 March) under the theme 'Sustaining all life on earth'. The films will be shown globally at various major events throughout 2020- the 'biodiversity super year' .

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: 'The World Wildlife Day 2020 film showcase will celebrate wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats they are facing, and the urgent need for governments, civil society, private sector and individuals to add their voices and take actions to help conserve wildlife and ensure sustainable use before it's too late.'

The CITES Secretariat is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the global facilitator for the celebration of the World Wildlife Day each year in collaboration with organizations in the United Nations system.

As noted by Midori Paxton, Head of Biodiversity for the United Nations Development Programme: 'Wildlife and biodiversity underpin the well-being, safety, and resilience of all societies. The World Wildlife Day 2020 film showcase will help to raise awareness of the importance of investing in nature in ways that help accelerate progress across the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of World Wildlife Day is particularly timely as the UN System, countries, and all partners prepare for the new post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework to be launched later in October 2020 in Kunming, China at CBD COP 15.'

'Rich biodiversity is essential to the health of our planet. With the impact of climate change escalating every day as growing numbers of species edge toward extinction we must act quickly and decisively,' agreed Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. 'We believe in the power of story to inspire awe at the wonders of our natural world and ignite the critical changes that will be required to restore and protect it.'­­­

Timeline and planned activities

The call for entry will close on 4 January 2020 and finalists will be announced in early February 2020. Winners will be presented at a high-level event to coincide with the global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2020.

Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world.

Award categories include:

Science, Innovation and Exploration
Awarded to the film that most effectively conveys the values of wildlife as a component of biodiversity, and tells stories about scientific explorations, research and the discovery of species of wild animals and plants in the various ecosystems.

Issues and Solutions
Awarded to the film that most effectively explains the current threats and challenges facing wildlife, the environment, socio-economic consequences and the solutions to ensure their conservation and sustainable use.

People and the Wild
Awarded to the film that best demonstrates the relationship between wildlife and people, especially those who live alongside wild animals and plants.

Stories of Hope
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to the restoration and conservation of wildlife and their habitats.

Global Voices
Awarded to a film created by people local to the area or subject of focus addressed by the film.

Awarded to the best film less than 15 minutes in length.

Awarded to the best film less than 5 minutes in length.

Submission Guidelines

There is no entry fee for submission. Entries must be completed since January 1, 2017. Both entries that have not yet premiered and entries that have been broadcast or presented prior to submission are welcome. Submissions in all languages are welcomed. Programs in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for presentation to the judges and for the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity. Eligible entries must complete an online submission form via Entries will be uploaded to a private and secure Vimeo channel for judging.

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

CITES Secretariat: Yuan Liu, +41 22 917 8130, [email protected],

United Nations Development Programme, Sangita Khadka, +212 906 5043, [email protected]

Jackson Wild: Abbey Greene, +1 307 200 3286, [email protected]



With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

About UNDP

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About Jackson Wild

Jackson Wild's programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. For over 28 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting an extraordinary convening of scientists, conservationists, innovators and media where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges facing our planet. The 2020 Jackson Wild Summit will be hosted in Austria: 28 Sept-2 Oct. in the famous Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the United Nations World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.