Letters of Endorsement
Dr. Keith Martin
Dr. Keith Martin is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, D. C. The consortium is comprised of over 120 top academic institutions from around the world that use the full range of disciplines to address pressing global challenges. Dr. Martin is a medical doctor from Canada who, from 1993-2011, served as a Member of Parliament representing the British Columbia riding of Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca. He has a unique set of experiences and skills, representing Canada at the highest political levels for more than 17 years in the areas of foreign policy, international development and defense, while having on-the-ground experience as a physician who practiced in Africa. He also has a long history of volunteering on large mammal conservation projects in Africa. A passionate humanitarian, Keith has participated in numerous diplomatic missions to some of the most troubled areas of the world, including Sierra Leone, the Middle East, Colombia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. He has successfully organized relief shipments of medical supplies to areas in crisis around the world. Dr. Martin is also the founder of the Canadian Parliament’s first, all-Party International Conservation Caucus. He created the Caucus seven years ago to connect top environmental scientists with MPs, diplomats, bureaucrats, and NGOs so that they could partner more effectively to deliver positive outcomes for environmental and human security. Keith has been a regular guest on Canadian national television and radio shows for 17 years on a wide array of issues. For three years, he hosted his own nationally syndicated television show, Beyond Politics, and was selected by Maclean's magazine as one of Canada's Top 100 Leaders of Tomorrow.
Ambassador David L. Carden
Ambassador Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first resident Ambassador to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in March, 2011. He officially assumed his duty on April 26, 2011 after presenting his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to being confirmed as Ambassador, he was a partner at Jones Day, a leading international law firm.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Secretariat)
On behalf of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), I would like to sincerely thank you for your technical assistance during the regional workshop on the inter-linkages between biodiversity and human health for Africa, co-hosted in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO)…. It is clear that the Wildlife Conservation Society-led Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) Programme is a very helpful resource for SCBD and for Parties interested in a science-based approach to understanding relationships between the state of our environment and public health…. HEAL is a unique consortium that provides a robust mix of environmental conservation and public health organizations, institutions and agencies, and its focus on applied science to inform policy is most welcome and long overdue, from the SCBD's perspective. I hope that the Secretariat and the Wildlife Conservation Society, through its HEAL Programme, will continue to explore ways to collaborate, to help CBD Parties achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, to support African Member States in the ongoing implementation of the Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa, and in other sustainability initiatives…