New FAO-OIE-UNEP-WHO platform to address human, animal and environmental health challenges – world
With representatives of affected parties from Europe and Central Asia, the first dialogue meeting of the One Health partner platform took place on November 22nd in Budapest, Hungary, with the aim of addressing health threats to animals, people, plants and the environment in a more effective and coordinated manner Way.
Participants came together to discuss the benefits and challenges associated with applying the One Health approach, as well as the role of the partners and their expected contribution to the platform.
The dialogue was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the WHO during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18–24 November) .
Under the motto of the week 2021 “Spread awareness, stop resistance”, the platform offers United Nations organizations, international organizations, financial institutions, civil society, science and the private sector the opportunity to initiate a thematic dialogue on One Health topics in the countries of Europe and Central Asia. It aims to take stock of the emerging (and re-emerging) health threats in the region at the human-animal-environment interface, to provide evidence, share knowledge and facilitate networking around successes, better identify challenges and innovations in working with the one to promote health approach.
“The challenges in this region are diverse and many of them, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, relate to One Health – the interconnected nature of human-animal-environmental health – and highlight the need for better cross-sectoral coordination protect health and avoid disruption to food systems, ”said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Deputy Director General and Regional Envoy for Europe and Central Asia.
The COVID-19 Pandemic – A Call to Courageous Action
The current pandemic, the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and cross-border animal diseases are just a few noticeable symptoms of a non-functioning system. Urgent and courageous action is needed across sectors to promote a healthy and sustainable planet.
Through increased cooperation in Europe and Central Asia, FAO, OIE, UNEP and WHO have jointly taken further steps towards better governance in this area.
The operationalization of the One Health approach is essential to better prevent, detect and control diseases that spread between animals and humans, combat AMR, reduce food safety risks, and environmental threats to human health Prevent animal and combat other challenges.
Implementing this approach is critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The partner platform is a practical element of the regional One Health coordination mechanism established earlier this year as a commitment to promote the implementation of the One Health approach at both managerial and technical levels.