China Bans Wildlife Consumption

China announced it will ban the consumption of most wild animals and severely crack down on the illegal wildlife trade to help prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks like the new coronavirus, which is rapidly expanding to other countries and has infected over 79,000 people. 

The decision, which was adopted by China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, sets the stage for further revisions to regulations on wildlife trade, live animal markets, and to China’s 1989 Wildlife Protection Law, which regulates the “breeding, domestication and utilization” of wildlife.

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World NGO Day is an international calendar day, annually observed on the 27th February. World NGO Day recognises the importance of NGOs, their value to society and the dedication of all individuals behind each NGO, that work all year-round for the benefit of society – locally, nationally and internationally.

World NGO Day was officially recognised by the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States* on the 17th April 2010, Lithuania. It was proposed by a Member of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Committee, Director of Civic Alliance-Latvia – Mrs Pipike. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Nowadays World NGO Day marked in 89 countries and 6 continents.

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The Sustainable Development Festival 2020

After the success of the previous editions, and five years after the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the yearly Sustainable Development Festival returns with its fourth edition, which will take place from May 20th to June 5th 2020. Thanks to the reputation acquired, and to the growing mobilization of Italian society on the themes of sustainable development, the event will represent a further step to encourage Italy to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), that brings together over 230 organizations from the economic and social spheres, organizes the Festival together with its members and with the support of the partners and tutors, over a period of 17 days, as many as the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. The initiative constitutes a single large-scale event, widespread and inclusive, comprising hundreds of events organized throughout the national territory. The Festival was created to raise awareness among growing segments of the population on social, economic and environmental sustainability, going beyond subject-matter experts, in order to foster a cultural shift in individual and collective behaviors, and to stimulate “bottom-up” requests that commit the Country’s leadership to comply with the agreements undertaken in the UN. Furthermore, the Festival wants to give a voice to citizens, businesses, national and local administrations, universities and civil society in order to foster dialogue, the sharing and comparison of best practices on the issues of the 2030 Agenda. The Festival is a unique experience at international level that allows to reach millions of people in Italy every year thanks to the participation of hundreds of organizations all over the Country, the active role played by universities and the opening of sustainable development “squares” in some major cities. This stimulates an unprecedented reflection on the future of our Country, of Europe and the world. In 2019 the Festival was selected, among over 2,000 projects, to be a finalist of the SDG Action Awards of the UN SDG Action Campaign, as an innovative initiative and a unique experience in the world.

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Currently our world is home to 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 to 24, the largest generation of young people in its history. Close to 90 per cent of this youth population live in developing countries. What is more, their numbers are expected to continue to grow, especially in the least developed regions. With such numbers, it is clear that sustainable development and peace cannot be achieved unless we involve young people and create the conditions that allow them to reach and unleash their full potential.  More info at

Campus 2030 Challenge

University campuses are at the heart of the change: in 10 years, they should have achieved the 17 SDGs to be able to welcome and educate the next generation! What will these Campuses be like?  Imagine a solution that will allow these sites to be considered socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Are you a student or university professor/researcher? Do you want to have a major impact and help to build the university environment of the future? Upload your project online and be noticed by the United Nations (UNRIC) and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie. 
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ASviS – Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile

Far diventare il sabato (quando la maggioranza delle persone fa la spesa settimanale) il giorno dell’impegno per cambiare i modelli produttivi e le abitudini di consumo a favore di uno sviluppo sostenibile: questo l’obiettivo dei Saturdays for Future. L’ASviS invita tutte e tutti, a partire dalla rete dei suoi oltre 230 aderenti, a lavorare insieme in vista dell’appuntamento del 28 settembre 2019: il giorno successivo al prossimo sciopero globale degli studenti in difesa del clima e la prima tappa di un percorso verso una maggiore sostenibilità dei modelli di produzione e consumo.

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Shark Fin is Always the “Worst Choice”

In honor of Shark Awareness Day, international conservation organization WildAid and Plan B Media PCL, one of Thailand’s leading outdoor media service providers, urge the public to stop serving and consuming shark fin. The advertisements, placed on Plan B’s media platforms in prominent locations around Bangkok, feature wedding couples dressed in controversial outfits suggesting that their fashion statement was not the “worst choice” they made but rather their decision to include shark fin on the menu.

The campaign builds on WildAid’s “Celebrate with #NoSharkFin” initiative calling on the public to forgo shark fin at weddings and celebratory events. According to WildAid’s survey findings, 57% urban Thais have eaten shark fin and, even more alarmingly, 61% plan to consume it again in the future. Survey respondents said they consumed shark fin most often at weddings (72%), family meals at restaurants (61%) and business meetings (47%).

The shark fin trade is depleting shark populations, putting many species at risk of extinction, while also causing environmental degradation and fisheries collapse. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year and fins from up to 73 million end up in shark fin soup. Thailand is home to an active domestic market for shark fins, with many consumers unaware of the cruel practice of “finning” behind each bowl of shark fin soup: a shark’s fins are often cut off at sea and the shark is thrown back into the water to suffer and die slowly.

“We are proud to support WildAid in its fight to help protect sharks,” said Palin Lojanagosin, Chief Executive Officer, Plan B Media PCL. “Plan B media is deeply concerned by the depletion of shark populations worldwide and the widespread consumption of shark fin in Thailand. This partnership aligns with our organization’s values and together with the strength of our out-of-home media platforms and hard-hitting campaign messages from WildAid, we are confident that our efforts can have an impact in ending consumer consumption behaviors that threaten the health of our oceans.”

Plan B Media PCL has consistently showcased its commitment to social responsibility by sharing their media platforms with non-profit organizations to deliver messages concerning societal and environmental issues. This partnership serves to help improve the ocean’s ecosystem by ending threats sharks face from consumption of their fins.

“WildAid’s partnership with Plan B is instrumental in bringing this urgent crisis to light and helping to save sharks by promoting the message of #NoSharkFin,” said John Baker, Chief Program Officer at WildAid. “Thanks to their support, we can push for a newly accepted standard where sharks are permanently off the menu.”

The creative concept for the “Worst Choice” advertisement series was developed pro bono for WildAid by BBDO Bangkok, Thailand’s leading creative and advertising agency. Apart from outdoor media, these advertisements will also be widely distributed on social media platforms and other online platforms.

Shark Awareness Day is observed annually on July 14.

WildAid Addresses Urgent Need for Ocean Protection

WildAid has announced an ambitious plan to strengthen enforcement of 250 marine and coastal areas by 2025. These areas have been designated as protected but lack crucial support, thereby leaving local marine wildlife and coastal communities vulnerable to overexploitation.

“Unfortunately, the majority of ocean spaces that have been declared protected fall short of their true potential,” says WildAid Marine Program Director Meaghan Brosnan. “Making the promise of marine protected areas real will help provide coastal income and jobs, rehabilitate marine wildlife and slow down the effects of climate change.”

Less than six percent of the world’s oceans are protected, according to the United Nations. And of those, 60 percent lack the resources, training and enforcement capabilities to actually protect the ecosystems and wildlife, and prevent overfishing or illegal fishing, sea turtle poaching, and mangrove destruction. WildAid’s new plan ambitiously aims to shift that reality.

To make the announcement of WildAid’s plan, the San Francisco-based nonprofit hosted a fundraiser at the San Francisco War Memorial on June 18. The event featured a discussion with Brosnan, a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, a marine photography gallery collection by Kristin Hettermann of OCEANSCAPES Photography, recognition of the Jeremy Dossetter Living Ocean Fund, and a keynote speech by Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder and CEO of Mission Blue.

“We are very excited to honor Jeremy’s legacy at an event highlighting the heroic efforts to save the oceans through the identification and protection of marine areas. We are particularly thrilled to have Dr. Sylvia Earle as our featured speaker,” says Dossetter, a WildAid board member and co-founder of the Jeremy Dossetter Living Ocean Fund.

Dr. Earle, legendary oceanographer and explorer, spoke about the urgent action needed for ocean protection.Through Mission Blue’s Global Hope Spots, local communities are now working individually and collectively to advance ocean protection. Hope Spots directly support the UN Sustainable Development Goal target to conserve at least 10 percent of the ocean by 2020 as well as the ocean conservation community’s recommended target of 30 percent by 2030.

“Collectively, well-enforced marine protected areas and hope spots will create a global wave of community support for ocean conservation,” says Dr. Earle.

WildAid currently collaborates with local communities and governments in 54 marine sites, including the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s network of coastal marine protected areas, Gabon’s network of marine protected areas, and Tanzania’s Pemba Channel Conservation Area. Under WildAid’s plan, new areas targeted for protection include Chile’s Rapa Nui Marine Reserve, as well as its coastal fisheries, the Dominican Republic’s Arrecifes del Sureste marine protected area and Cuba’s network of over 100 marine protected areas.

At the event, Brosnan highlighted WildAid’s systems-based approach to protection. Each marine protected area or hope spot participates in WildAid’s six-step approach, called the BLUEprint for MPA Success. Local rangers and communities benefit from a detailed multi-year plan to stop illegal fishing and poaching, identify the right local enforcement techniques and technologies, and develop leadership skills.

WildAid’s experience in creating effective enforcement is unparalleled. When the organization started working in the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador, shark finning was rampant with 12,000 sharks being finned per year. Rangers were limited to one, small inoperable vessel to patrol an area the size of New York state. Now, shark finning within the reserve has been eliminated; the reserve boasts the densest population of sharks in the world; rangers have a fleet of eight patrol vessels, a patrol plane, and satellite vessel monitoring; and enforcement authorities are now able to share their expertise across the region.

“With such a large ocean, enforcement is increasingly becoming a crucial component of protection,” says Hettermann. “The stronger marine environments are, the more resilient they will be for future generations to enjoy.”


International Journalism Festival will be held in Perugia, Italy from 3 to 7 April 2019. More than 650 speakers – of whom 49% are women – will take part in about 280 sessions. Each session will be live-streamed, with the on-demand video available on the festival website immediately afterwards. Simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided for about 55 sessions. All festival sessions will be free entry for all attendees, without any need for registration. The festival programme is the result of the input of many different individuals, organisations, institutions and media companies. The festival is completely free of charge: free entry for all attendees for all sessions on a first-come-first-served basis.

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