Workshop on Biodiversity and Health for the European Region

The Regional capacity-building workshop on biodiversity and human health for the WHO Europe region will be jointly convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization (WHO) from 23 to 25 October 2017, in Helsinki, Finland. The call for nominations is available here.

The workshop is being convened in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, with financial support from the European Commission and the Government of Finland. The WHO Regional Office for Europe will also provide technical input and support through the European Centre for Environment and Health.

This cross-sectoral workshop aims to strengthen collaboration, engagement and policy coherence between national agencies responsible for biodiversity and those responsible for health to contribute to enhanced national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as related Sustainable Development Goals.

It also aims to assist policy makers in mainstreaming biodiversity-health linkages in national biodiversity strategies and action plans and national health strategies, and to support the implementation of CBD COP decision XIII/6. As such, one national nomination from each the health sector and from the environment sector are strongly encouraged, where possible.

The workshop will open on 23 October, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. with an opening keynote by H.E Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Housing and Energy, Finland.

The final keynote will be delivered by H.E. Ms. Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Finland at 3:00 p.m. on 25 October, 2017.

The workshop will close at 5:00 p.m. on 25 October 2017.

For further details about the regional capacity-building workshop, please consult the following documents:

In preparation for the workshop, we also encourage participants to consult the key messages contained in the CBD-WHO Summary of the State of Knowledge Review, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, and its related COP decision, Decision XIII/6.

If you would like further information about the workshop please direct inquiries to: with copy to and

Further updates will be added following the conclusion of the workshop, as they are available.

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