RIYADH: The Saudi-led Catmosphere basis celebrated its annual occasion, Catwalk, on Saturday, with a world name for participation.
Saudi embassies worldwide responded by taking part within the initiative for a 7 km stroll, that includes a number of participating actions alongside the route.
The Catwalk initiative is an annual celebration in honor of the declaration final 12 months by the UN designating Feb. 10 because the Worldwide Day of the Arabian Leopard.
By means of numerous social actions, Catmosphere, a non-profit based by Princess Reema bint Bandar, works to forestall the Arabian leopard from changing into extinct, educates individuals in regards to the animal, and connects individuals with their setting.
“I used to be elated that the UN acknowledged the Worldwide Day of the Arabian Leopard final 12 months — an initiative by the Kingdom, supported by over 30 member states,” mentioned Princess Reema, who additionally serves as Saudi ambassador to the US.
“This announcement is critical because it marks the primary time the UN has designated a global day of recognition for a mammal, massive cat or subspecies.
“And it’s the first time that a global day established by the UN was led by Saudi Arabia. I’m notably proud that this present day is for conservation.”
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The designation emerged from the collaborative efforts of Catmosphere, the Royal Fee for AlUla, the Arabian Leopard Fund, and the Saudi Mission to the UN.
In Riyadh, a Catwalk occasion was organized with a stroll at Bujairi in historic Diriyah, the place individuals from numerous backgrounds, together with households and kids, participated in numerous actions to lift consciousness in regards to the significance of efforts to guard wild cats dealing with the specter of extinction.
The Saudi International Ministry additionally participated, with Deputy Minister of International Affairs Waleed Elkhereiji tweeting: “Happy to take part within the #Catwalk2024 initiative together with the UN adoption of Feb. 10 as Worldwide Day of Arabian Leopard, in assurance of the Kingdom’s efforts the protect the seven massive cats to guard wildlife.”
The seven massive cats embrace jaguars, lions, snow leopards and pumas.
The Saudi Embassy in Egypt organized the Catwalk, with Osama Nugali, Saudi ambassador to Egypt, and a number of other officers from the embassy and the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports activities taking part in a march.
“The Kingdom’s celebration of the Worldwide Day of the Arabian Leopard serves its lofty objectives aimed toward introducing the values of environmental conservation and instilling the ideas of defending the Arabian leopard from extinction and its return to its pure setting,” Nugali informed Arab Information.
“The Kingdom translated this curiosity by submitting a draft decision to the UN Common Meeting that was adopted in June 2023,” he added.
“The embassy was honored to prepare a march on the event by which the embassy staff and members of the Saudi group in Egypt participated enthusiastically, along with our Egyptian brothers, of all age teams with out exception.”
The embassy additionally organized numerous actions for kids.
The Saudi Embassy in Eire participated within the Catwalk, with Deputy Ambassador Abdulsalam Al-Mushaiti and the performing head of the cultural attache workplace, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid, becoming a member of the stroll together with their kids and employees.
The stroll began from the well-known Samuel Beckett Bridge within the Irish capital, Al-Mushaiti wrote on X.
The Saudi Embassy in Italy shared footage of Catwalk 2024 on X with the caption: “Highlights of the first-ever celebration of the #InternationalArabianLeopardDay in Rome @catmospherenow.”
The Saudi Embassy in New Delhi additionally took half, writing on X: “On this event, the embassy organized #Catwalk2024, an initiative launched by @catmospherenow to lift consciousness about efforts to protect the Arabian leopard.”
The Saudi Embassy in Switzerland additionally joined the occasion, writing on X: “It’s time for the catwalk! The embassy in Bern participates in #Catwalk2024, strolling 7 km to lift consciousness in regards to the significance of efforts to guard 7 species of untamed cats dealing with the specter of extinction. We stroll to guard the Arabian leopard.”
The RCU marked the event with a brand new “Leap of Hope” marketing campaign, aiming to reinforce international consciousness and encourage motion for the conservation of critically endangered massive cat species.
The Catwalk initiative obtained assist from numerous authorities entities, together with the ministries of inside; municipal, rural affairs and housing; international affairs; setting, water and agriculture; schooling; and sport.