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Event Title: Message of the Acting President of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on International day of the Markhor .

Event Date: 2024-05-24

 As we observe the International Day of the Markhor, we celebrate more than just the survival of an iconic species; we celebrate the spirit of resilience and the power of collective action. The Markhor, our national animal, is a symbol of Pakistan's natural beauty and our dedication to environmental stewardship.

The United Nations' recognition of May 24th as the International Day of the Markhor highlights the importance of conserving this magnificent species and its habitat. The Markhor's journey from near extinction to a growing population is a story of hope and an exemplary model of successful conservation.

Our efforts to protect the Markhor have involved not just government action but also the active participation of local communities and international partners. This day reminds us of the urgent need to continue our work in preserving biodiversity and addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

Pakistan, as a committed signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), proudly announced its elevation to CITES Category I. This elevation, achieved through rigorous legislative and enforcement measures, is a resounding affirmation of our dedication to wildlife conservation.

Let us celebrate this day by renewing our pledge to protect our wildlife and natural habitats. Together, we can ensure that the Markhor continues to thrive in the mountains of Pakistan and that our environment remains healthy and vibrant for future generations.