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Join PZI at the CUGH Conference Satellite session on pandemic prevention

Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

Satellite Session on Pandemic Prevention

April 13, 2023

8am-12pm ET

Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

Phoenix Zones Initiative is collaborating on an important in-person Satellite session about pandemic prevention for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in Washington, DC.

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From Science to Policy: How the Pandemic Instrument Can Prevent Pandemics and Enable Equity will assess how a justice-focused pandemic prevention treaty can address current gaps in international policy and effectively address the root causes of pandemic risk.

Panelists include

  • Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, Phoenix Zones Initiative
  • Dr. Chadia Wannous, World Organisation for Animal Health
  • Dr. Catherine Machalaba, One Health High-Level Expert Panel
  • Prof. Sam Halabi, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Chris Walzer, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • John Scanlon AO, End Wildlife Crime
  • Dr. Ann Linder, Harvard Law School
Raccoon dogs are trafficked and exploited every year, increasing the risk of pandemics.

Nearly three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases stem from human exploitation of other animals and our shared environment.

Increased contact between humans and other animals—such as through deforestation, biodiversity loss, animal trafficking and farming, and the climate crisis—significantly increase the risk of future pandemics.

A prevention- and justice-centered pandemic prevention treaty that advances the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet—and that moves beyond the exploitation of animals and the natural world—is a vital tool in reducing pandemic risk and in creating a world in which everyone can thrive.

This Satellite session is hosted by FOUR PAWS International, in collaboration with Phoenix Zones Initiative, and Born Free, End Wildlife Crime, the Wildlife Conservation Society, World Animal Protection, and the World Federation for Animals.

Download a flyer about the event from FOUR PAWS.

Register for the Satellite Session.

Find out more about the general CUGH Conference.

Find out more about why we need a justice-centered pandemic prevention treaty.

Sign PZI’s open letter calling for the WHO to adopt a justice-centered pandemic prevention treaty.


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