Cristina Romanelli – World Conference – French Red Cross
My name is Cristina Romanelli and I am the Director of the Joint Programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Health and Biodiversity
I think that this conference was essential and I would like to thank the Red Cross for organizing this first humanitarian COP.
I think that one of the key messages that is important to remember is that biodiversity loss and global warming are two aspects of the same problem and that addressing both is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to ensure that health objectives are met.
They are really central to the implementation of the Paris Agreement but also to achieving the sustainable development objectives set and ensuring intergenerational equality to ensure that no one is left behind.
I think that at national level, it is important that all sectors really work together, that they talk to each other, which is not often the case in the end. Whether they go beyond the borders in which they are used to working, whether in the environment, health, agriculture, finance, etc…. Adopting an integrative approach to health would be a fundamental way forward. Another way forward would be to ensure that we empower communities and citizens at the local level to act. I think this is essential to achieve these objectives because they require the full commitment of everyone.
If I had a message for future generations, I think I would tell them that the challenges they will face, unfortunately, are the result of the actions of current and previous generations and the path will be difficult and fraught with obstacles but do not lose hope, because you can make a difference!
You have to think outside the box, everything we’ve done so far hasn’t worked so you have to do things differently from everything we’ve already tried! Future and current generations can do it!
This news is related to one of the 12 themes of the World Conference on Health and Climate Change.