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Namibia celebrates HM Queen's Birthday Party with focus on illegal wildlife trade

In partnership with the Namibian NGO Save The Rhino Trust (SRT) the British High Commission to Namibia celebrated the 92nd Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II under the theme #EndWildlifeCrime.

Kate Airey and Elemotho promoting the IWT conference 2018 in London
HE Kate Airey and Namibian musician Elemotho, a brand ambassador for Save The Rhino Trust Namibia.

Last week the British High Commission to Namibia celebrated the 92nd Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In partnership with the Namibian NGO Save The Rhino Trust (SRT) the High Commission hosted a full scale British garden party under the theme #EndWildlifeCrime. Guests were excellently entertained with performances by Elemotho, the Mondesa Youth Opportunities choir, and a dance performance by OYO. Guests were treated with traditional British food and drinks such as Fish ‘n’ chips and Pimms. In line with the theme, SRT was able to present its work and the challenges it faces in order to protect the Namibian rhino population.

At the event, H.E. Kate Airey, OBE, the High Commissioner stated: “Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade is important to the UK, as it is to Namibia and many of our international partners. It is important that all countries also adapt and change in respond to global threats, and we now know that the gangs that traffic illegal wildlife goods, are the same criminals that traffic people and smuggle drugs. This is why the UK sees tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade as a security issue first and foremost, and one that needs strong international collaboration if it is to be defeated. It is for this reason that for the 4th year running, the UK will host an international conference on IWT in October, where we hope that Namibia will be present.”

See here the full Speech by H.E. Kate Airey at the QBP 2018 event in Windhoek (ODT, 7.77KB) as well as the Speech by SRT CEO Simson Uri-Khob at the QBP 2018 event in Windhoek (ODT, 13.9KB) .

Published 11 June 2018