The Quadripartite initiative – FAO, UNEP, WHO and WOAH – also aims to contribute to sustainable development
Geneva, Nairobi, Paris, Rome – Today a new Joint One Health Action Plan was launched by the Quadripartite – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE).
This first Joint Plan on One Health aims to create a framework to integrate systems and capabilities so that we can collectively better prevent, predict, detect and respond to health threats. Ultimately, this initiative aims to improve the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment, while contributing to sustainable development.
The Joint One Health Action Plan, developed through a participatory process, proposes a set of activities aimed at strengthening collaboration, communication, capacity building and coordination equally between all sectors responsible for respond to health problems in the human-animal-plant environment. interface.
The One Health Joint Action Plan (OH JPA)
The five-year plan (2022-2026) focuses on supporting and building capacity in six areas: One Health capacities for health systems, emerging and re-emerging zoonotic epidemics, endemic zoonoses, neglected tropical diseases and vector-borne diseases, risks to food safety, antimicrobial resistance and the environment.
This technical document is based on evidence, best practices and existing guidelines. It covers a set of actions that strive to advance One Health at global, regional and national levels. These actions include the development of an upcoming implementation guide for countries, international partners and non-state actors such as civil society organizations, professional associations, universities and research institutes.
The plan defines operational objectives, including: providing a framework for collective and coordinated action to integrate the One Health approach at all levels; provide upstream policy and legislative advice and technical assistance to help set national goals and priorities; and promote multinational, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary collaboration, learning and exchange of knowledge, solutions and technologies. It also promotes the values of cooperation and shared responsibility, multisectoral action and partnership, gender equity and inclusion.
Why One Health?
One Health is the leading approach to addressing the complex health challenges facing our society, such as ecosystem degradation, food system failures, infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.
“Using a One Health lens that brings together all relevant sectors is essential in tackling global health threats, such as monkeypox, COVID-19 and Ebola.” WOAH’s Chief Executive Officer, Monique Eloit, highlights the need to build disease prevention capacity across all sectors. “It all starts with ensuring animal health. Animal health is our health, it is everyone’s health.
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu adds, “One health should start with good land management and stopping deforestation, which will help people and their animals in the surrounding environment. We need all sectors to work closely together to identify and implement adaptation and mitigation measures.”
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen says, “Everyone has the right to a clean and healthy environment – the foundation of all life on Earth. The current pandemic demonstrates unequivocally that the degradation of nature increases health risks at all levels. Efforts by a single sector or a single specialty cannot prevent or eliminate infectious diseases and other complex threats to One Health. She continued, “Vulnerable populations of all species, including the poorest and most marginalized humans, bear the heaviest costs. The joint action plan will reduce health risks through an integrated approach to human, animal and environmental health.
“It is clear that a One Health approach must be at the heart of our joint work to strengthen global defenses against epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19. This is why One Health is one of the guiding principles of the new international agreement for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, which our Member States are negotiating. said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Building on existing structures and agreements, coordinated funding mechanisms are being developed to support the implementation of the plan. The quadripartite will join forces to mobilize the necessary resources in support of the common approach to combat critical health threats and promote the health of people, animals, plants and the environment.
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