The 2nd GRF One Health Summit, to be held 17 – 20 November 2013 in Davos addresses and frames the complex interactions between human health, livestock, pet and wildlife health, climate, ecosystems, agriculture, food systems and human development. It includes aspects of nutrition, agriculture, the safety and security of food supplies, environmental stewardship and the management of natural resources, water, energy, and ecosystems services, as well as questions of awareness, behaviour and learning, governance, economics, and disaster preparedness. Keeping in mind that more than half of the worldwide population is living in urban areas and rural exodus continues to grow; One Health may become a crucial approach to successfully cope with all the drivers and consequences in urbanization dynamics.One Health has begun to move beyond the status of a mere concept to become a truly global movement at the interface of science, society, policy and practice. It is deeply interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial and provides a fascinating, powerful framework that a variety of professional communities and social groups can adhere to. Our best hope is that the One Health paradigm will be helpful in reversing the worst of current problems at the human-animal-environment and development interface thus fostering a more sustainable way of life.
Based on the presentations and discussions at the 2nd GRF One Health Summit to be held from 17 – 20 November 2013, the workshop will synthesize the conference outcomes and formulate an international research agenda and an implementation strategy. The workshop shall encourage the formation of trans-disciplinary international teams to develop adequate research and implementation projects and shall facilitate the link to potential donors.
Outcome of the Workshop
The workshop is aimed at the drafting of some preliminary One Health research and implementation proposals, and the formation of international teams interested to further develop the proposals. In addition, a paper on the future research and implementation goals in One Health shall be prepared by the workshop participants and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.