Inter-linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in the ASEAN Region – A Regional Workshop

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New!! A Regional Workshop to Address Inter-linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in the ASEAN Region was held on 5-7 November 2018 in Manila, Philippines. The workshop was part of a series of regional capacity-building workshops jointly convened by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat and WHO to address issues at the intersection of biodiversity and human health; bringing together representatives from ministries of health and those responsible for biodiversity conservation. The broad objective of the workshop was to support countries in mainstreaming critical linkages at the biodiversity-health nexus and their relevance to the Strategic Plan and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets; to support countries in mainstreaming biodiversity in public health strategies; and to incorporate public health considerations in biodiversity strategies and SDGs. This was particularly significant in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity-Conference of Parties (COP14), in Sharm el sheikh, Egypt (17 – 29 November 2018) which had biodiversity and health prominently in its agenda, demonstrating the political momentum in the global setting on linking biodiversity and human health.

The workshop was attended by representatives from ASEAN Member States (AMS) from the health and environment ministries through the Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD) and the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB) sectoral bodies. In particular, representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand as well as by representatives from the Health Division and the Environment Division of the ASEAN Secretariat participated in the workshop. The workshop was co-hosted by the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines and co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the World Health Organization (WHO), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

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Health and Biodiversity

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International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods

“Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.” (more here).

Some of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners will be gathering in Nairobi to commemorate the International Day for Biodiversity 22 May 2016. Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be sharing highlights of the flagship publication ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, a State of Knowledge Review’. Another BaCH advocate Mr. Anthony Capon, Director of the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) will highlight main findings of  the Report of the Rockefeller Foundation Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. Our colleague and another key advocate for BaCH Dr. Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Research Coordinator at UNU’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will speak about ‘Strengthening and Aligning Linkages between Policy & Practice’.

Check out the agenda for the Event to commemorate the International Day for Biodiversity 22 May 2016 Health and Biodiversity

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August

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“On this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, I call on the international community to ensure that they are not left behind. To create a better, more equitable future, let us commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples. ”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Every year, 9 August is commemorated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day is celebrated with special events around the world, including at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

This year’s theme puts a spotlight on the issue of indigenous peoples’ access to health care services, as improving indigenous peoples’ health remains a critical challenge for indigenous peoples, Member States and the United Nations. The “State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Volume II”, which will be launched at the UN Headquarters event in observance of the International Day, provides important background information on the topic.

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters will take place on Monday, 10 August 2015, in the ECOSOC Chamber, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will be webcast live on webtv.un.org. Read the Press Release.” (c) http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday

 

 

Impact of climate change on human health

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During the recent World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate at WHO Headquarters in
Geneva, Switzerland from 27-29 August 2014 parties highlighted the severe impacts of climate change on human health. Almost 400 participants from governments and non-governmental organizations as well as UN agencies and the private sector gathered to reflect on relevant issues such as the state of climate science and how it relates to health as well as the public health response to climate change and health resilience. Parties also discussed about health benefits and health promotion while mitigating climate change and the economics of health and climate change. Learn more about the results of the conference and ways to link climate, sustainable development and health policy in the future here.

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Towards research for a food secure future

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. Jointly with other leading organisations Bioversity International contributes to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This global partnership synergises efforts towards research for a food secure future aiming to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and ensure more sustainable management of natural resources. To raise awareness for the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to stakeholders involved in the climate change and development policy processes, CGIAR is organising the #1 CGIAR Development Dialogues on 25 September 2014 in New York City . Learn more about the relevance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here and find out how to attend the event through live video streaming and social media channels here.

 

 

Shaping international policy towards biodiversity conservation and human health

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners are synergising efforts towards linking biodiversity and human healthThe Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other key partners and experts drafted the State of Knowledge Review on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health. This flagship publication covers all relevant issues at the biodiversity and health nexus such as agricultural biodiversity and food security, water and air quality, nutrition and health, traditional medicine and biodiversity, and health care and pharmaceuticals.

Find out more about our partner’s involvement here. Read the draft chapters AND/or provide your comments here.

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A flagship for linking biodiversity and health

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s overall goal is to foster the linkages between biodiversity and health for sustainable development. In light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 the BaCH Initiative highlights how international development goals can be reached through an integrated approach. Bringing together key agencies including the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and Bioversity International, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) will launch the State of Knowledge Review during the upcoming twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in October 2014.

Read the draft and/or get involved and participate in the peer review process of this flagship publication here 

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The essential role of biodiversity and ecosystem services for a sustainable future

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Based on its partners support the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative advocates for linking both biodiversity and health as key development priorities as well as relevant issues such as revitalising traditional health practices and and local food traditions. Throughout its work the Initiative highlights the substantial role of biodiversity and ecosystems for a sustainable development at large. The international community is increasingly acknowledging the essential role of biodiversity and ecosystem services to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ultimately eradicate poverty. Learn more about the linkages and how the discussions evolved in the article here