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“The natural world is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before. We continue to lose the precious wildlife that enriches our lives.” – David Attenborough

The Sixth Committee is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly. The United Nations General Assembly has an express mandate to promote the progressive development of public international law as laid out in the Charter of the United Nations. Specifically, Article 13 of the Charter states that the General Assembly has the authority to “initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of: (a) promoting international co-operation in the political field and encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification.”

In 2015, the first United Nations (UN) resolution on wildlife trafficking was adopted; the resolution on “Tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife”. However, this resolution and other such legal instruments have not reached the goals that the International Community must strive to achieve in battling this worldwide problem. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) notes in their Living Planet Report that within the past 40 years, over 58% of the world’s animal populations have decreased, and it recognizes illegal trade of wildlife as the second biggest threat to species after environmental damage.

While debating plausible measures and reviewing existing legal frameworks in order to further protect the world’s diverse wildlife, this committee guarantees an unparalleled scope for discussion.

Agenda: Reviewing existing legal frameworks and discussing measures to combat the illegal trade of wildlife.

Chairperson: Anuj Jacob

Vice Chairperson: Micah Joseph

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