Rethinking Pandemic Prevention: Healthy Ecosystems for People and Planet

09/27/2021 | UNGA Virtual Side Event

Hosted by H. E. Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, and the Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source, featuring Dr Jane Goodall and our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein.

Our life on this planet depends on a healthy biosphere. Human and ecological health cannot be separated. As we degrade and destroy the ecosystems we inhabit, we undermine not only the planet that is our home – we harm our collective health. The impact of a global pandemic is immeasurable, including on the lives of the poor and vulnerable. Most past pandemics originated from spillover of a virus from an animal to a person, including SARS, HIV, influenzas and almost certainly COVID-19. Negative human impact on ecosystems increases the risk of such zoonotic spillover. This is preventable. Steps to overcome the nature and climate crises will also help prevent the emergence of a new pandemic. This calls for joining forces.

Speakers / Contributors for the event will include the following:

DR. JANE GOODALL, world-leading environmentalist, conservationist, humanitarian and advocate for the ethical treatment of animals.

H. E. PER OLSSON-FRIDH, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
RT. HON. HELEN CLARK, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Administrator UNDP, co-chair Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

DR. AARON BERNSTEIN, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, lead International Scientific Task Force report on preventing pandemics at the source

DR. YEWANDE ALIMI, Director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DR. CRISTIÁN SAMPER, CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society

MR. CARLOS MANUEL RODRÍGUEZ, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

Time: 9:00 am ET

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