GRF One Health Summit 2012 (One Health - One Pla)

Venue: Davos Congress Centre

Location: 7270 Davos Platz, Graubünden, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Feb 19, 2012 End Date/Time: Feb 23, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 30, 2011
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The Integrative Health Risk Management Perspective:

Today’s human health management requires to be dealt with from a holistic “One Health” perspective that acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health in close relation with food safety and security. Only an integrative approach will ensure sustainable health management in an era of climate change, resource depletion, land degradation, food insecurity and development challenges. Knowledge sharing, education, improved governance, corporate responsibility and dedicated investments will be key.

Integrative components of One Health thus are:

Human Health
Animal Health
Environmental Health
Food Safety & Security

Join top experts, leaders and pioneers from international organizations, public authorities, insurance and health services, the pharmaceutical and food industry, science, and civil society exploring innovative pathways of global integrative health risk management through the One Health perspective. Do not miss this opportunity for networking, experience exchange and the acquisition of first-hand information and join the keynote lectures, panel debates, special sessions, as well as a poster exhibition.

Global Health – New Challenges in Times of Global Change

In an era of rapid global change - characterised by the depletion of natural resource, energy and food insecurity, land degradation and drought, natural, environmental and technological disasters or the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services - public health is globally faced with complex new risks. Modern lifestyle choices, for example, are observed to trigger asthma and cardiovascular diseases and increased allergies. Other prominent examples are given by emerging zoonoses such as the avian and, more recently, the so-called swine influenza, which demonstrate pathogen interference between human beings, livestock and wildlife. Climate change will further influence vector-borne diseases. The use of soya, corn and maize for increased meat and biofuel production increases the price for staple food, and furthermore leads to food insecurities, malnutrition and hunger, even up to political instabilities in resource limited countries. Economic and urban growth, resource depletion, and losses in biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services deeply change the interaction patterns between human civilization, livestock and wildlife. These challenges constitute a serious threat to global sustainability and prosperity.

The One Health Approach – Call for Cooperation

Conjoint health related trajectories, as outlined above, must, however, not only have negative effects as they also offer ample opportunities for combating multiple threats at the direct intersect of human, animal and environmental health, food safety and security. For instance, cancer triggered by environmental pollution might be detected at an early stage via animal health monitoring, as oncological cells spread at a higher speed in an animal's body with lower life expectancy than a human being's. Given the interwoven nature of human, animal and environmental health, medical doctors, veterinarians, environmental scientists, farmers as well as experts on food and pharmaceutical production have information beneficial and complementary to the knowledge of the others to share. A growing community of experts thus argues that today's health issues require to be dealt with from a holistic "One Health" perspective that acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and ecosystem health as an integrative management of risks and opportunities and especially engages the pharmaceutical and food industry.

Combining One Health and Integrative Risk Management

The Global Risk Forum GRF Davos actively promotes and fosters a multi-hazards and multi-disciplines approach for enhanced and overall risk reduction and crisis management that integrates prevention, intervention and recovery measures along the whole risk cycle. The One Health approach as outlined above asks for more, better and closer cooperation between the many actors and agents in these fields, and aims to strengthen an integrative risk management approach to save lives and livelihoods, improve public health and reduce costs. Only an integrative and holistic strategy and methodology will provide added value and allow for sustainably managing today's manifold, complex and interdependent risks opposed to health and welfare.

GRF One Health Summit 2012 – Towards the “Davos One Health Action Plan”

The envisaged outcomes of the GRF One Health Summit 2012 are to further explore, advance and agree on the need for a global integrative One Health approach, to advocate and mobilize resources for closer cooperation between regions, disciplines, sectors and the growing variety of stakeholders, to investigate the need for a global subsidiarity principle and to promote enhanced PPP-models. The conference shall end by approving the Davos One Health Action Plan, which shall pinpoint ways on how to achieve added value by multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder cooperation.


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