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State of Knowledge Review

Biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, negatively impacting human health worldwide, according to a State of Knowledge Review by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization: Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. Launched to coincide with World Environment Day 2015, the report examines how biodiversity supports human and societal needs, including food and nutrition security, development of medicines and pharmaceuticals, clean air and freshwater, and others, which together underpin good health.

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The most comprehensive review of its kind to date, the report brings together knowledge from over 100 experts working across several scientific disciplines, including public health, conservation, agriculture, epidemiology, development and others.

Health and Biodiversity at the

71st World Health Assembly

Biodiversity and human health was discussed as a special issue for the first time at the 71st meeting of the World health Assembly (WHA) held from 21-26 May 2018 in Geneva. In line with a decision of the Executive Board, the Director-General submit a report on the actions taken on the interlinkages between human health and biodiversity bearing in mind the State of Knowledge Review, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. The WHA report sought guidance from Member States with a view to preparing WHO’s contribution to the Convention’s fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 17 - 29 November 2018. The WHO report by the Director-General to the World Health Assembly is available here.

Bridging science & policy:

The Evolution of Biodiversity and Health at the UN Biodiversity Conference 

The State of Knowledge Review gave rise to a  comprehensive decision on biodiversity and health, Decision XIII/6at the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 13), held in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico.

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