International
A global effort to adopt a One Health approach
The 3rd Global Risk Forum One Health Summit 2015 was held in Davos, Switzerland from 4 – 6 October 2015 with the main theme of “Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health”.

This is an annual conference which focuses on promoting integrated approach in health risks management at the interface of human-animal-environment. With the participation of more than 250 researchers, policy makers and practitioners whose work closely relate to health, agriculture, ecosystem services, sustainable development, etc from 60 countries around the world, significant conclusions have been drawn after focused multistakeholders discussions. The key messages could be summarized as:

  • Emphasis on One Health approach importance to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations General Assembly
  • More researches need to be carried out for a comprehensive understanding about all related aspects of One Health approach including cultural, social and political ones, based on which better decision-making and policy advocacy are expected to be achieved
  • Training, Communication and Information sharing are still the three crucial pillars of One Health implementation in all countries. What is more, training curriculum also requires the involvement of wider public to get better results
  • In the context where the world has to face major challenges (such as rising population and urbanization, climate change, etc), ensuring human-animal and environment health in a harmonized relation is considered to be extremely crucial. To obtain that purpose, collaboration across sectors and financing mobilization mechanism are vital to efficient One Health implementation at a global scale

The outcomes of the 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015 are considered to contribute a great deal to later events, such as World Health Assembly, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 and most lately the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 21) on Climate Change to be taken place in Paris, France in December 2015./.

Announcement of 3rd GRF One Health Summit in Davos, Switzerland (Source: http://grforum.org)