Outcomes One Health Summit 2012

The deliberations and discussions of the GRF One Health Summit Davos 2012 “One Health, One Planet, One Future” have shown that One Health has evolved to a broad and holistic paradigm that addresses and frames the complex interactions between human health, livestock and wildlife health, climate, ecosystems, 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 and ecosystems services, as well as questions of awareness, behavior and learning, governance, economics, and disaster preparedness. The Plenary of this morning on urbanization also referred to One Health as a crucial aspect of urbanization dynamics.

Recently, 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 on Mother Earth.

The participants of the Davos One Health Summit 2012 have agreed on the need to further develop the One Health paradigm and its global movement. The parallel sessions, keynotes and floor discussions, provided the platform for forward-looking suggestions as to how this process can and should be nourished.

In this occasion, with great interest, it was noted that the various One Health initiatives are converging in a consensual willingness to promote and further develop the One Health approach, which borad implementation will have a positive impact on global health, health security, livelihoods and wellbeing, especially of the poorest communities and individuals on the planet.

Among others, the following needs have been identified and discussed:

  • Develop the One Health community into a ‘network of networks’ of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society representatives. Intensify the collaboration with and between the leading and relevant international, national and civil society institutions and movements in the broader One Health area.
  • Promote inclusiveness and integration, and build bridges and further integrate the various themes and trends, as well as actors and stakeholder groups. Adopt and further develop a holistic and whole‐society approach.
  • Set the agenda for One Health resilience and capacity building across sectors, (academic) disciplines and communities. Develop the science of One Health with corresponding academic curricula as a global and inter‐disciplinary undertaking.
  • Seek financing mechanisms that support and promote effective investments for One Health approaches in communities to improve the welfare of people and other living species.

See the sub-pages for a collection of the presentations and discussions given at the One Health Summit. Within the sections, you will find a short summary of the talks, the presentation slides given as well as the video recorded Keynote Presentations. A collection of the short and extended abstracts can also be found.



Overview about the countries represented during the GRF One Health Summit 2012, countries present are marked in dark blue.