The International Association of Ecology and Health has developed an initiative to generate a position statement that can emerge from the Kunming Conference, and activities around it.
The idea of this statement is to draw together local, regional and global thinking on ecosystem approaches to health, with the view of both i) providing a rallying point for the membership of the International Association of Ecology and Health, and ii) influencing a particular audience.
The aim is to produce, through a participatory process that engages the membership of the IAEH as well as representatives of globally-facing institutions and initiatives with a shared mandate of promoting ecosystem health approaches, a statement that can be adopted and endorsed at the Kunming Conference in October 2012.
The theme of the Statement is:
Global attempts to achieve the MDGs and their targets are increasing. This intensive effort has come at a time when it is becoming increasingly likely that some, or even many of the goals and targets, will not be met by 2015. A reasonable case can be made to demonstrate that the unmet goals and targets can be explained with reference to EcoHealth principles, and that significant advances can be made according to these principles. What contributions could we make now to improve outcomes by 2015, and/or what would need to happen after 2015? And what kind of collaborative initiatives should we embark upon with other organisations to achieve them?
We are currently working on two fronts to produce this statement.
Task A: Track latest developments on revisions to MDGs, including some understandings of who is developing them. This will involve a nexus between a) progress towards the MDGs; and b) steps to identify the next generation of them (like Sustainability Development Goals). Use these to work to refine the theme of the statement.
Task B: Compile existing sources of information, setting up a Drop Box for them, and starting to make sense of them into some sort of set of pre-ambulatory paragraphs.
Any members interested to contribute are most welcome. Responding here to these comments is one way!
During the next week we will make sure that the Blog is made up-to-date with developments. Looking forward to your contributions!