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Humanity faces multiple existential crises including a climate emergency and increasing emergence of deadly pandemics. Each crisis is driven by human encroachment on the natural world.

 

But a common cause opens the way to common solutions. Many actions needed to prevent the next pandemic at its source – by stopping the spillover of viruses from wildlife into humans - will also help combat the climate emergency.

Protection of tropical forests and biodiversity, and more sustainable agricultural practices, are essential to human and planetary health.


Global leaders, health and environment actors must join forces, for people and planet, and invest in protecting nature. 

To RSVP to attend in person, email jo.evans@dalberg.com. (Limited spaces available, requires COP 26 Blue Zone access pass)

 

If you are unable to attend in person, register for the livestream here.

Speakers

  • H.E. Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Department of State

  • Juma Xipaia, Leader of the Xipaya Community, Brazil

  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

  • H.E. Professor Lee White, Minister of Water and Forests, the Sea and Environment, Gabon

  • Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US

  • Nonette Royo, Executive Director, The Tenure Facility

  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

  • Dr. Ari Bernstein, Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

  • Dr Nigel Sizer, Executive Director, Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition
     

... and more to be announced. Full set of speaker bios here

Contact at COP 26, Glasgow: Dr Nigel Sizer, nigel.sizer@dalberg.com, +1-240-507-3452


Contact for event info: Jo Evans, jo.evans@dalberg.com, +44 7786 921062
 

Supporting materials

01.

VIDEO: Nature-based Solutions to Climate, Biodiversity, and Pandemic Threats

New video from the Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source on the links between pandemics, biodiversity and climate change.

Produced by The Center for Conservation Media at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

02.

Executive Director of Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition, Dr. Nigel Sizer, has given a TEDx talk on The Climate Crisis and Pandemics: A Common Solution

 

Nigel's is the first of a series of daily videos being released throughout COP 26 as a part of the TEDxDalbergCatalyst Series: The Surprising Power of Small to Save the Planet. Register here

03.

REPORT: Report of the Scientific Task Force of Preventing Pandemics at the Source

Protecting forests and changing agricultural practices are essential, cost-effective actions to prevent pandemics. Read the newly released full report and summary.

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04.

ARTICLE: Coalition comment published in Lancet Planetary Health

Members of the Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition and Pallavi Kache, from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University write in The Lancet Planetary Health about the urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover.

05.

REPORT SUMMARY: Analysis by the Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source on interventions to prevent pathogen spillover

The Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition has released an executive summary of its forthcoming paper: Interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans

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VIDEO: Message from Jane Goodall

Message from Jane Goodall on the interconnectedness between the health of the planet and human health