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March 3: World Wildlife Day

The 2020 year was earlier announced as “BioDiversity Super Year”. Therefore, several events are being conducted based on biodiversity. It includes World Wildlife Day as well. This year the World Wildlife Day is being celebrated under the theme

Theme: Sustaining all Life on Earth

Highlights

The Day is being celebrated by several leading organizations of the world. It includes United Nations General Assembly, CITES and other regional and non-governmental organizations. On this day, they aim to build collaborative partnerships, organize conservation events and demand illegally sourced wildlife and products.

Significance of the theme

Sustaining all Life on Earth includes all plant species and wild animals as component of biodiversity. It also includes use of natural resources in support of the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1-No Poverty
  • SDG 12-Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns
  • SDG 14-Life Below Water
  • SDG 15-Life on Land

History

The resolution to mark world wild life day was passed at the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly that was held on 20th December, 2013.

Why March 3?

On March 3, 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted. The World Wildlife Day was proposed by Thailand.

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ICMR Report says Delhi and Ahmedabad tops in added-fat consumption

The Indian Council of Medical Research conducted study on the food habits of the citizens of the country. The study said that vegetarians consume more fat than that of non-vegetarians. Also, among the metropolitan cities of India, Delhi and Ahmedabad topped the list in average consumption of added fat.

Highlights

The survey was conducted by ICMR based on the data provided by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau. According to the study, people whose diet relied on deep fried food consumed more added fat than those who ate boiled food.

The report also said that highest intake of added fat was in the age group of 36 to 59 years and the least intake was in children under the age of five.

GoI on Nutrition

India is a signatory of the resolution “Transforming our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Achieving Inclusive Growth is one of the main targets of Sustainable Development Goals. Under the target, India is stepping towards food security with Nutrition playing the major role.

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