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Wildlifecrime: Stolen from the wild

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The CITES species conservation conference and the role of the EU

In May 2019, a report by IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity, shocked the world: One million species could disappear from the Earth in the coming decades. The report clearly identifies the exploitation of wild populations as one of the five main causes of mass extinction. In the light of such urgent warnings, it’s hard to believe that keeping up the trade ban on ivory and rhino horn still needs strenuous efforts. Further, countless animals of hundreds, if not thousands of endangered reptile, amphibian and fish species continue to be taken from the wild without any control, because the species still lack international protection.

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Wildlife trade – a global wake-up call

The world’s wild animals are in serious decline. Humanity has wiped out 60% of wild animal populations since 1970. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s ‘Red List’ classifies a quarter of all mammals, a third of sharks, rays and corals, and 40% of amphibians, as threatened with extinction. Many more species may be falling under the radar.

The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, published recently by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), estimated that a million species may be at risk of extinction, identified economic exploitation among the key drivers of biodiversity loss, emphasised that ‘transformative changes’ are required to restore and protect nature, and indicated the need for opposition from vested interests to be overcome. These are strong words from an intergovernmental body, and they come not a moment too soon.

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European Company Sport Games, #loveyouEU and #BeActive

I dare to assert that sporting activities, regardless of age, origin and actual motivation, are always based on a fundamentally positive idea – be it exercise in nature, improving one’s health, simply having fun or enjoying competition, the motivation for doing sports has a positive effect. Major sporting events such as the European Company Sport Games have long been a platform for numerous social welfare objectives. These include initiatives against social exclusion and the unequal treatment of men and women, as well as for uniting people.

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Day 1 after the #EUelections 2019. We are ready!

Dear everybody we have been in contact with over the past weeks,

It is time to say THANK YOU and direct a few more words to you.

First and most important for us is to say that this is just the beginning of the #loveyouEU initiative.

When we started this initiative a few months ago, it was driven by the motivation „we have to do something“. We had recognized that many people shared the same feeling and concerns about the negative, counter-productive, hate-driven narrative of nationalists and separationists and those who simply have identified „the EU“ as being responsible for all problems we are facing. Not offering any solutions, but pointing the finger at the weak and often poor, often extremely uninformed or manipulative, these groups still managed to gain strength and supporters over time.

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Vision of a united Europe

With the end of World War II a history full of war and destruction belongs to the past for large parts of Europe. Accompanied by many difficulties and tensions, notably in the time of the Cold War, a period of reconciliation follows. The European Union is born and unites countries which for decades and centuries were predominantly hostile to each other.

However, more than 60 years after signing the Treaties of Rome and just a few years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, this peace and prosperity project faces severe danger. Nationalist and populist movements shake the foundations of a united Europe, preventing decisions of community interest and making the European Union the scapegoat in almost all policy areas.

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