State of Knowledge Review

The full volume of Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health is available here.

Key messages have been extracted and are available here.

The infographic representing linkages between biodiversity and human health is available . Click for the full-size image.

Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment, WHO and Cristina Romanelli, CBD Secretariat with speakers and session co-chairs of plenary 3, where the publication was launched. (Photo courtesy: 14th WCPH).
Connecting Global Priorities, Biodiversity and Human Health, Summary of the State of Knowledge Review was officially launched at the 14th World Congress for Public Health held on 13th February 2015, in Kolkata, India.

Upon release of the full-length volume, the book will be the new flagship publication under the CBD joint work programme on biodiversity and health co-led with the World Health organization, in collaboration numerous international partners. It will be an important source of information to support the implementation of the emerging post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals of the the United Nations.

See the full press release of the launch event here


Draft thematic chapters of Connecting Gobal Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, a State of Knowledege Review were updated and made available for
final consultation at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014.

Download the Briefing Note, or view the WHO VIDEO STATEMENT prepared for the IUCN World Parks Congress held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. Additional information on Stream 3: Improving Health and Well-Being Stream, Launches and Legacies is also available.

Launch of the Summary report will take place at the 14th World Congress on Public Health 2015.

The draft thematic chapters of the State of Knowledge Review, which provide the scientific underpinnings for the volume, were made available for peer review from 18 August until 15 September, 2014. This deadline was extended to 25 September 2014.

Updated drafts were then made available for the CBD twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP 12) held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea from 6-17 October, 2014.

COP 12 emphasized the relevance of the linkages contained in Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health to the post-2015 development agenda. See complete COP 12 decision XII 21 on biodiversity and human health here.

Those encountering difficulty in accessing the advanced drafts, or for any other question on the State of Knowledge Review and its summary, can contact Cristina Romanelli by sending an email to :