The Interagency Liaison Group (ILG) on biodiversity and health was established pursuant to a memorandum of understanding concluded between the CBD Secretariat and WHO in July 2015, under the CBD-WHO Joint work Programme on Biodiversity and Health.
The ILG on biodiversity and health is co-chaired by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
NEW! Second Meeting of the Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health
The Second Meeting of the Interagency Liaison Group will be held from 4-6 May 2020
The Second meeting was originally scheduled to take place at WHO headquarters in Geneva. As a result of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, it will be held online in preparation for CBD COP 15 and UNFCCC COP 26.
The meeting will focus on three main themes
1) New WHO Guidance on mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition and health
2) Aligning the narrative on biodiversity and health in the context of COVID-19
3) Draft Global Plan of Action on Biodiversity and Health
to be presented to the forthcoming scientific body of the CBD (SBSTTA 24) for consideration by Parties at 15th Conference of the Parties, in 2021.
The Interagency Liaison Group on biodiversity and health held its first meeting pursuant to COP 13 Decision XIII/6. It held its first meeting at WHO headquarters in Geneva in 2017.
The aim of the group is to enhance cooperation, promote knowledge exchange and support implementation of the interlinkages between biodiversity and human health, with a view to maximizing health and biodiversity co-benefits, addressing trade-offs, and reducing the common drivers of ecosystem change, biodiversity loss and negative health outcomes.
The first meeting of the Group was held on 4-5 May, 2017 at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information on the first meeting, select the tab below
Activities of the Interagency Liaison Group on biodiversity and health during its first meeting were made possible thanks to financial contributions from the European Union, the World Health organization and in-kind contributions from members and experts of the Interagency Liaison Group.
Additional information on other collaborative activities and mandates under the CBD-WHO joint work programme on biodiversity and health are available here