The WHO will release its position statement on genetically modified mosquitoes for vector-borne disease control on October 14, along with its new guidance on ethics and vector-borne diseases. The publications are critical for the prevention and control of diseases such as malaria, as they will guide policymakers and other international organisation’s’ efforts. WHO’s Chief Scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, will host the virtual event, which will also gather other experts from the organisation, University of Oxford, Université Marien Ngouabi (Congo) and more. Register for the virtual event here.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently released the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-5), a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on biodiversity status and trends. This edition provides an overview of lessons learned over the past two decades, identifying eight necessary changes to meet governments’ commitment to “Living in Harmony with Nature” by 2050.

The report recognizes that none of the Aichi targets on biodiversity will be met in the expected time framework, even though there has been progress in some areas. In the case of invasive alien species (IAS), CBD highlights the advances made in identifying, prioritizing and investigating them, but concludes that there is no evidence of a slowing down in the number of new IAS introductions.

The United Nation Summit on Biodiversity will take place on September 30th under the theme “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development”. The President of the General Assembly, Heads of States and Governments, as well as high-level representatives from several international organisations will discuss the current environmental crisis and the urgent need to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development.

The Leader’s Dialogue 2, which will start at 4:20 pm (EDT) will focus on how science and technology, along with indigenous and local knowledge, can support transformations to sustainability. The panel will gather high-level representatives from international organisations such as the World Bank and International Labor Organization, as well as from the private sector and civil society. Participating States will also deliver statements on the topic.

Island Conservation and friends would like to invite you to their online three-part “Island Journey”, to learn about their fantastic conservation projects.

On September 29th prepare your binocular and scuba gear to visit the Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia, where you will join scientists and conservationists participating in this real-time project to save seabirds and coral reefs.

In the context of Malaria Week 2020, organized by the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance from September 7 to 11, a dialogue was held on harnessing innovation to accelerate malaria elimination and strengthen health security.

Speakers described the current epidemiological landscape in the Asia Pacific region with regards to malaria, and in particular to the P. vivax parasite, the most frequent cause of recurring malaria. They also introduced new and innovative treatment regimens and testing methods which could help make headway against the disease, as well as the regulatory reforms that would be needed to expedite their use in a safe and ethical manner.