Health and Biodiversity at the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14)

Mainstreaming 'Biodiversity and Health' at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference

The world is at an important crossroads, at a time when global loss of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems continues at an unacceptably alarming rate. In 2018, even as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity, it is also a critical opportunity to sound an alarm around the world, and highlight the importance of biodiversity – as a source of food, fibre, livelihoods, climate mitigation and resilience, health and well-being – for people and the planet.

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Biodiversity and Health at COP 14

The recommendation on "Biodiversity and Health" adopted at SBSTTA 21 and the elements of the recommendation on "biodiversity and health" adopted at SBI-2 under the agenda item on mainstreaming biodiversity into key sectors were merged. The recommended actions are presented at the UN Biodiversity Conference for the consideration of Parties as Agenda Item 22 on Mainstreaming.

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High-Level Ministerial Segment

In the lead up to the UN Biodiversity Conference 2018, the Government of Egypt will host the First High-Level Inter-Ministerial Roundtable on Biodiversity and Health.

The Roundtable will take place during the High Level Segment on 15 November 2018.

HEALTH DAY on Saturday, November 24

Join us for an exciting program at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on Saturday, 24 November for Health Day: Harnessing Biodiversity for a Healthy and Resilient Future featuring a wide variety of cross-sectoral panels and the Launch of the HUMI Partnership and 2020 Challenge!.

    • IISD Coverage of Health Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion is now available!

The sessions provided a wide-ranging overview of emerging initiatives, partnerships, tools and opportunities for engagement to support mainstreaming of biodiversity for health to maximize ecosystem and human health co-benefit. It also provided an opportunity to build on the dialogue between institutional partners, governments and communities on how biodiversity and health linkages can effectively be mainstreamed into policy and practice.

  • Launch of the first-ever UN partnership to catalyze innovative research on biodiversity & the human microbiome;
  • Support the implementation of holistic approaches such as One Health, Ecohealth and Planetary Health;
  • Provide a forum to showcase new tools, partnerships & best practices on mainstreaming biodiversity and health in policy and practice,
  • Present scalable initiatives to support implementation, and policy coherence in the era of global environmental change;
  • Build, and strengthen innovative partnerships to support biodiversity mainstreaming for healthier, more resilient societies;
  • Ensure biodiversity and health are well-embedded in the post 2020 global biodiversity framework in line with the global agenda for sustainable development;
  • To inform actionable policies on biodiversity and health and bridge the science-policy gap.

Some of our Partners for Health Day at the Rio Conventions Pavillion include:

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Join us for a terrific line up of SIDE EVENTS ON BIODIVERSITY & HEALTH AT COP 14!


Now Available!

Our side events on biodiversity and health at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference, have been organized in collaboration with a wide range of institutional, academic and country partners under the CBD-WHO Joint Work Programme on biodiversity and health, will showcase innovative tools, best practices, and partnerships to support countries in mainstreaming biodiversity for health and well-being, to support this year's central theme at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference - Strengthening Biodiversity for People and Planet.

Building on the findings of the State of Knowledge Review Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, and Decision XIII/6 on biodiversity and health adopted at the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference, our partners will cover a rich variety of themes to support biodiversity mainstreaming for a healthy and resilient future.

Some of the thematic areas that will be explored throughout these sessions include:
  • Strengthening the science-policy interface to mainstream biodiversity for health and well being
  • Wildlife monitoring, infectious disease emergence and health security
  • Tools, frameworks and case studies for the development and monitoring of integrated approaches to health such as One Health, Ecohealth and Planetary Health
  • Supporting healthy microbiomes in urban environments through a new scientific research and partnership
  • Harnessing agricultural biodiversity and transforming the food system for development, food security and nutrition
  • Building community health and resilience, and more!

    Note: Be sure not to miss our Health Day events on November 24!

    Please also follow & use our new COP 14 hashtags on Twitter and Facebook to show your support for mainstreaming biodiversity for healthy people: #COP14Health #COP14HealthDay

Background - Health and Biodiversity at SBSTTA 21 and SBI 2

Biodiversity and human health was discussed at the twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-21).

Guidance on integrating biodiversity considerations into One Health approaches, prepared by the CBD Secretariat, was presented to the scientific body for its consideration. The biodiversity-inclusive One Health Guidance can be accessed here.

The SBSTTA welcomed the biodiversity-inclusive One Health Guidance and issued a comprehensive recommendation on biodiversity and health adopted by consensus for the consideration of the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 14).

Relevant documents and recommendations on biodiversity and health at SBSTTA 21 can be accessed from:


At the second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-2), health and biodiversity was also discussed under the agenda item on Mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors and other strategic actions to enhance implementation.

Under this agenda item, additional actions aimed at mainstreaming "biodiversity and health" were presented, culminating in the adoption of a recommendation by the Implementation Body on additional actions aimed at biodiversity mainstreaming. These include a separate sub-section addressing 'Biodiversity and Health'.

Relevant documents and recommendations on biodiversity and health at SBI 2 can be accessed from:

Further information on other collaborative activities and mandates under the CBD-WHO joint work programme on biodiversity and health is also available on the WHO website.

For further details on Health Day or for additional information on "Biodiversity and Health" at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference please email Cristina Romanelli at: or visit