Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health

The Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health was established in 2017 by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization (WHO) pursuant to a Memorandum of Cooperation concluded between these organizations in July 2015.

The aim of the Group is to enhance coherence and cooperation in their implementation, and to strengthen knowledge and awareness 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, select the tab below

Activities of the Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health are 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.

  • First Meeting
  • Core members and observers
  • Resources
First Meeting of the Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity & Health

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at its twelfth and thirteenth meetings have called for strengthened collaboration between the CBD Secretariat, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations, to pursue collaborative activities under the joint work programme with the World Health Organization, established pursuant to Decision XIII/6, to support the contribution that the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 can make to achieving human health objectives. The Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Human Health will play an important support role in achieving the objectives outlined in these decisions, and other global commitments including the Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and related international commitments.

In this light, WHO and UN Biodiversity Convention Secretariat convened the first meeting of the Interagency Liaison Group at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 4-5 May 2017.

The outcomes and report of the first meeting of the Group will be submitted to the twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 21) to be held in December 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

CORE MEMBERS AND EXPERT OBSERVERS

Core membership of the Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health is comprised of designated representatives from UN agencies and partner international institutions. A select number of experts whose expertise is relevant to the activities of the Group, are also invited on an ad hoc basis, to attend meetings and, as applicable, participate in collaborative activities carried out by the Interagency Liaison Group.

Co-chairs:

UN Convention on Biological Diversity

World Health Organization, PHE

Institutional Core members:

UN agencies

UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

UN Environment (UNEP)

Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

United Nations University (UNU) represented by UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU IIGH)

UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)

World Health Organization and WHO regional offices (WHO)

International Organizations

CGIAR represented by Bioversity International (CGIAR)

Future Earth

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Expert observers

Experts from the following institutions were also invited to attend the first meeting of the Group:

Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC)

EcoHealth Alliance (EHA)

London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

Planetary Health Alliance (PHA)

The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health

University of Canberra, Faculty of Health

Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva

World Bank Group

CASE STUDIES & BEST PRACTICES

Infectious Diseases

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health

Green Spaces, Urban Health and Noncommunicable Diseases

FACT SHEETS

GLOBAL

WHO Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

New fact sheets based on the Global Assessment updated in 2016. Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

THEMATIC

Health Security

Equity and Urban Health

BIODIVERSITY & HEALTH

*CBD & WHO Fact Sheets on biodiversity and health

*COP 10 Series of Policy Briefs. 2010 by COHAB Initiative.

TOOLKITS

  • Greenspace and Ecohealth Toolkit Improving Health and Well-being through Greenspace Provision, Design and Access. (2017)
    Summary: This Toolkit includes a series of profiled case studies drawn from municipalities, public health and conservation agencies that have begun to make the connections between greenspace and community health. There are numerous examples across Ontario where municipalities and their partners have recognized the need for a healthy built environment. There are many opportunities to expand that scope and advance ecohealth in ways that systemically address greenspaces and ecological systems in our communities. The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide resources, guidance and assistance to those interested in making lasting improvements in community health through greenspace provision, access, and design.

Note: This page is still under construction and will be regularly updated.
Additional best practices, communication tools and resources identified by partners of the UN Biodiversity Convention's joint work programme on biodiversity and health with the World Health Organization or the Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health will be added to this page as they are made available.

If you wish to propose additional case studies or for additional information on activities under the joint work programme and Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health please direct any inquiries to: cristina.romanelli@cbd.int or maierom@who.int.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme