Confirmed Speakers / Contributors:
DR. JANE GOODALL, world-leading environmentalist, conservationist, and advocate for 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
... and other high-level speakers
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 not only undermine 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 – reversing biodiversity loss, preserving and restoring carbon sinks and addressing unsustainable agriculture and trade practices – will also help prevent the emergence of a new pandemic. This calls for joining forces.
H. E. Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for Development Cooperation of Sweden, and the Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source will co-host a virtual side event to the 2021 UN General Assembly on September 27 at 9 am-10:30 am EDT.
The event will include a brief presentation of the recently released report by the Harvard University-led International Scientific Taskforce on preventing pandemics followed by a panel with diverse voices from global health, development and environment.
Access the report of the Harvard University-led International Scientific Taskforce on preventing pandemics here - https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2343/2021/08/PreventingPandemicsAug2021.pdf