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UN Signs Agreement to Improve Health in Urban Areas

The United Nations signed an agreement to improve health through restoration and creation of biodiverse urban green spaces across the world. The UN signed the agreement with Australia’s University of Adelaide and Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) during the ongoing UN Biodiversity Conference 2018 in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. David Cooper, deputy executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity, said the partnership will build a global movement to improve urban population’s health. Under the HUMI 2020, the organizers are set to reach 20 cities in 20 countries by 2020 before the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference, which will be held in Beijing, where the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is expected to be agreed. Meanwhile, Martin Breed from the University of Adelaide said human exposure to the environmental microbiomes found in biodiverse green spaces are now known to play a direct role in improving immune system function. – United News of India