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Maria Tirado

LMU/UCLA & SHE Foundation
Dr. Cristina Tirado has been working at the interface between science and policy related to climate change, health, nutrition, biodiversity and sustainable food systems with WHO, FAO, UNEP, the CBD Secretariat, WFP, WB, governments, NGOs and universities worldwide. She has served as WHO Food Regional Adviser in Europe and in Latin America, as a Scientist at the WHO Food-borne Surveillance Program - FAO/WHO Collaborating Center at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, Director of the PHI Center for Climate and Health in Oakland and professor at the UCLA School of Public Heath affiliated with the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. She is member of the UNFCCC Research constituency, she moderates the UN Standing Committee of Nutrition egroup on Climate Change and advises to several UN organizations, including UNEP and the CBD Secretariat, on Climate, Food, Health, Biodiversity and Circular Economy.

Dr. Tirado policy research focuses on transformative and climate resilient healthy food systems and on the integration of health, nutrition, biodiversity and gender around the UNFCCC work and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 work on agriculture and food systems. She contributed to the High-Level (HL) consultations on Food Security for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and currently, to the HL Political Forum on Sustainable Development through the Women’s Major Group.

Dr. Tirado has been the coordinator lead author of the chapter on Eco-Agri-Food Systems and Social equity and lead author of the Nutrition, Diets and Health chapter of the UNEP report The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity' (TEEB) AgriFood 'Scientific and Economic Foundations" and contributing author of the Chapter on Climate, biodiversity and human health of the UNEP/CBD/WHO State of Knowledge Review: Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. Currently she is lead author of the IPCC WGII AR6 Chapter on “Health & Wellbeing” (she focuses on sustainable and healthy food systems & diets), contributing author of the chapters on “Food” and the African Region, and co-author of Cross Chapter Papers on Desertification and the Mediterranean and the nexus Climate-Oceans-Health-Food and the nexus Climate-Food-water-health-energy to be published in 2021. In all these chapters, she leads the storylines on Transformative- Climate Resilient Pathways for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems and Diets. She is adviser to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO for the Global Planning of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-30) around One Ocean and One Health including the co-benefits to health, mental health and wellbeing of nature- based solutions including Coastal Restoration and Ocean Reforestation (use of seaweed in the food system, diets, feed, energy, fertilizer, etc).

Dr. Tirado has co-organized with the University of California, the CBD Secretariat, UNEP, FAO, IUCN, the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, IFOAM and several parties, HL symposiums and events such as: “Agro-biodiversity and Health” at the CBD COP13, Cancun; on "Sustainable Food Systems, Biodiversity and Health" at the UNFCCC COP22, Marrakesh and at the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Health and Climate in Paris and on "Mainstreaming biodiversity in Agriculture for Nutrition and Health" at the 20th meeting of the CBD SBSTTA Montreal, Canada, 2016.

Dr. Tirado is the President of the Sustainability Health and Education (SHE) Foundation, and she is establishing a Climate-Resilient School and Health Hub for Maasai Communities in Kenya in collaboration with the Kenyan Red Cross Society. She is associated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi.

Dr. Tirado is a DVM, and a Fulbright Scholar with MS/PhD degrees in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from Cornell University and she has authored numerous research and policy publications and books (see CV).

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