CASCADING DEBATE AT THE GENEVA HEALTH FORUM
This Cascading Debate (04.05.2022) was hosted by the foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy and integrated into the program of the Geneva Health Forum (Geneva, Switzerland), with the title Zoonoses, AMR, food safety & security threats: how can “One Health” prevent them in 2050? Let’s test it!. The main goal of the debate was to define recommendations for action to avoid pre-defined 2050 scenarios around three challenges One Health is trying to address: zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), food safety & security threats. The recommendations for action resulting from this debate will be further discussed at the Planetary Health Plenary Table at the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022. The resulting recommendations for action from this debate will be summarised in the Cascading Debates report to be launched in the beginning of 2023.
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The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has been highlighting the need for holistic policy approaches when tackling global challenges such as zoonotic diseases, which are infectious diseases that jump from animals to humans. In parallel, the evidence for environmental challenges and the climate crisis is undeniable, and the way humanity is interacting with the planet needs to change radically, not only to prevent further environmental consequences, but also because the health of the environment has a direct impact on human health. Both One Health and Planetary Health are current and relevant frameworks that explore the link between human and environmental health, while trying to raise awareness and prompting action on associated global challenges.
We need inclusive spaces for discussion and debate on these issues, that bring together perspectives and expertises from different stakeholder groups. With this multistakeholder insight, one can achieve better and more effective solutions for global challenges.
With its project “One Health” for the Future, foraus is exploring zoonoses, AMR, and food safety and security threats – three major phenomena which One Health aims at preventing and addressing. After envisioning dystopian scenarios around these phenomena in an open online workshop that took place in April 2022, this workshop brought together experts from diverse fields to develop ideas of local, national and international recommendations for action.