The Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Well being (OIE), the United Nations Setting Programme (UNEP) and the World Well being Group (WHO) welcome the newly fashioned operational definition of One Well being from their advisory panel, the One Well being Excessive Degree Knowledgeable Panel (OHHLEP), whose members symbolize a broad vary of disciplines in science and policy-related sectors related to One Well being from world wide.
The 4 organizations are working collectively to mainstream One Well being in order that they’re higher ready to forestall, predict, detect, and reply to world well being threats and promote sustainable growth.
The One Well being definition developed by the OHHLEP states:
One Well being is an built-in, unifying strategy that goals to sustainably stability and optimize the well being of individuals, animals and ecosystems.
It acknowledges the well being of people, home and wild animals, vegetation, and the broader surroundings (together with ecosystems) are carefully linked and inter-dependent.
The strategy mobilizes a number of sectors, disciplines and communities at various ranges of society to work collectively to foster well-being and sort out threats to well being and ecosystems, whereas addressing the collective want for clear water, vitality and air, secure and nutritious meals, taking motion on local weather change, and contributing to sustainable growth.
The significance of creating a One Well being definition was first raised by OHHLEP, and later agreed by the 4 Companions, to develop a typical language and understanding round One Well being.
The brand new complete OHHLEP One Well being definition goals to advertise a transparent understanding and translation throughout sectors and areas of experience.
Whereas well being, meals, water, vitality, and surroundings are all wider matters with sector-specific and specialist considerations, the collaboration throughout sectors and disciplines will contribute to defending well being, addressing well being challenges such because the emergence of infectious illnesses and antimicrobial resistance and selling well being and integrity of our ecosystems. Furthermore, One Well being, linking people, animals and the surroundings, might help to deal with the total spectrum of illness management – from illness prevention to detection, preparedness, response, and administration – and to enhance and promote well being and sustainability.
The strategy will be utilized at neighborhood, subnational, nationwide, regional, and world ranges, and depends on shared and efficient governance, communication, collaboration and coordination. With the One Well being strategy in place, it will likely be simpler for folks to higher perceive the co-benefits, dangers, trade-offs and alternatives to advance equitable and holistic options.
By means of mixed energies of the 4 organizations, a complete World Plan of Motion for One Well being is in growth, supported and suggested by OHHLEP. This Plan goals to mainstream and operationalize One Well being at world, regional, and nationwide ranges; assist international locations in establishing and attaining nationwide targets and priorities for interventions; mobilize funding; promote a complete of society strategy and allow collaboration, studying and trade throughout areas, international locations, and sectors.
As we acknowledge the significance of the One Well being strategy and welcome the OHHLEP One Well being definition, the Tripartite and UNEP will proceed to coordinate and implement One Well being actions in step with the spirit of the brand new OHHLEP definition of One Well being.