Liz Willetts

Writer/Editor Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Liz Willetts practices medicine in resource-poor settings and participates in global fora on environment and sustainable development. Her focus is the health-environment nexus. 

She has served long-term roles in primary care on a remote island in Micronesia, at a bilingual clinic nested in Harvard–Brigham & Women’s Hospital system, and in an indigenous hospital in Central America.

As a member of IISD’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin team since 2009, Liz has accumulated diverse experience across a range of multilateral environmental agreements and events, including on climate change (UNFCCC), biodiversity (CBD, IPBES, ITPGRFA, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety), food security, (UN Committee on World Food Security), chemicals and waste pollution (Basel and Rotterdam conventions), water (UN-Water, Budapest Water Summit), and sustainable development (CSD, HLPF). She also follows the work of the WHO on environmental issues, health equity, and the social determinants of health. 

In the past, Liz worked for IUCN and the Union of Concerned Scientists on environmental policy issues, and for the Netter Center for Community Partnerships where she designed nutrition and food education programs in Philadelphia public schools. 

She studied biology at the University of Pennsylvania (2002), environmental economics and policy at Duke University (2008), and medicine at Emory University (2014). Her master’s thesis explored payments for water ecosystem services in Rwanda. Publications for IISD include COVID-19 and Planetary Health: How a Pandemic Could Pave the Way for a Green Recovery (in the Still Only One Earth policy brief series) and the Health in the Global Environmental Agenda: A policy guide.

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