Day 8 at the Rio Conventions Pavilion took place under the overall theme of ‘Harnessing Biodiversity for a Healthy and Resilient Future.’ Discussions on Health Day highlighted emerging initiatives, partnerships, tools and opportunities for engagement, with a focus on integrated approaches for maximizing co-benefits for ecosystems and human health.The Day aimed to:
- Provide a forum to showcase new tools, best practices and lessons learned to foster interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration on biodiversity and health;
- Present scalable initiatives to support implementation and policy coherence in the context of global environmental change;
- Contribute to the dialogue on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to ensure key issues at the intersection of biodiversity and health are well embedded and aligned with global commitments for sustainable development; and
- Contribute to the development of communities of practice on integrated approaches to health, such as One Health, aimed at informing actionable policies and bridging the science-policy gap at appropriate scales.
A highlight of Health Day was the launch of the ‘Global Biodiversity for Health’ 2020 challenge, aimed at restoring green urban spaces in 20 cities across 20 countries by COP 15 in 2020.The Day was co-organized by the CBD and the World Health Organization (WHO) and diverse partners working at the interface of health and biodiversity.
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The Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework for healthy and resilient societies
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