As a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) 2010 - and in the run-up to the September 2010 United Nations General Assembly’s High Level Meetings on the IYB, and to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as a contribution to the 10th Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010, an event was held highlighting the role of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems in underpinning progress on meeting MDG 4 on reducing child mortality, and related internationally agreed development goals supporting child health and well-being.
The fundamental yet often overlooked dependence of child health and well-being upon healthy ecosystems, which provide, among other services, clean water and air, food, and medicine motivated the organization of this event. Biodiversity makes possible these ecosystem functions which are essential to sustain our lives and support our health.
The event on ‘The Role of Biodiversity and Healthy Ecosystems in Supporting Child Health’, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organized in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Equator Initiative, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Mount Sinai’s Global Health Center, was held at the AMNH on 30 April 2010. It featured eminent speakers who highlighted the implications of continued biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation for child health and well-being.
This web-page provides the programme of the event, with links to the presentations made by the speakers, and to relevant work of their organizations.
A pod-cast of the event is available at: http://www.amnh.org/news/2010/05/podcast-childrens-health-ecosystems/ .
A brochure distilling the key messages that emerged from the event, in terms of the overall concepts, and through striking examples and inspiring ideas for using this knowledge to affect actions to achieve progress on both fronts is available here: