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Statements to Mark World Migratory Bird Day 2021

Key World Migratory Bird Day supporters and partners from around the world have provided statements to mark World Migratory Bird Day. Many of the statements reflect on this year's theme: "Sing, Fly, Soar - Like a Bird!" and are added to this page as soon as they are made available to us. You are very welcome to add a statement on behalf of your organization. To do so, please contact us by writing to: contact[at]

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres<br />
UN Photo/Mark GartenMr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

As they travel the globe, migratory birds lift our spirits and remind us of nature, connecting people, ecosystems and nations. [...] World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to appreciate migratory birds and the Earth’s natural cycles that are so important for human well-being.



  • Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn 

    Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway


  • Inger Andersen

    Ms. Inger Andersen

    Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
    and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme


  • Amy Fraenkel (Photo: Aydin Bahramlouian)

    Ms. Amy Fraenkel

    Executive Secretary
    Convention on Migratory Species


  • Dr Jacques Trouvilliez

    Executive Secretary
    African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement


  • Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

    Executive Secretary
    Convention on Biological Diversity


  • Ms. Susan Bonfield 

    Executive Director
    Environment for the Americas


  • Doug Watkins - EAAFP

    Mr. Doug Watkins

    Chief Executive 
    East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) 

    Statement Video Statement

  • Ms. Patricia Zurita

    Chief Executive
    BirdLife International


  • Dr Marco Lambertini

    Director General, WWF International 


  • Dr Fernando Spina

    Head of Science, Bird Migration Research Branch
    CMS COP Appointed Councillor 


  • Dr Rob Clay 

    Vice-President, Flyways, Manomet
    Director, Executive Office,
    Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network 


  • Prof. Stephen Garnett

    CMS Appointed Councillor for Birds,
    Charles Darwin University, Australia


  • Dr Theresa Mundita S. Lim

    Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity 


  • Mr. George Aman

    President of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) 


  • Mr. Tim Appleton

    Founder of Global and Global Bird Weekend


  • Ms. Beccy Speight 

    Chief Executive Officer
    Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


  • Prof. Michael John Gorman

    Founding Director Biotopia and Initiator of Dawn Chorus


  • Mr. Tamás Marghescu

    Director General of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)