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Statements to Mark World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Key World Migratory Bird Day supporters and partners from around the world provided statements on the value of migratory bird conservation, the World Migratory Bird Day campaign and this year's theme. They all agree: migratory birds are exposed to various threats and therefore urgent action is needed to conserve them.

The Statements also show how this year's World Migratory Bird Day theme "Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!" relates to their own conservation efforts and projects that form a network of conservation across the world.

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Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

"Migratory birds are symbols of the inter-connectedness of life on earth. Their annual migrations across countries and continents inspire people of all ages, all over the world. I fully support the global campaign dedicated to celebrating this natural wonder and raising awareness about the threats these birds face, from habitat destruction to pollution and climate change. This year's World Migratory Bird Day highlights a growing danger: the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds. I commend the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) for the important work they are doing, along with many dedicated people and organizations around the world. As we celebrate these nomads of the sky, let us act on earth to secure their future -- and ours."