Important Update :
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Regional Tripartite plus UNEP have reached the decision to cancel the 9th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multisectoral Collaboration at the Animal-Human-Ecosystems Interface (13-14 December) at this time. We remain grateful to countries/territories for your support of this workshop and for your commitment to multisectoral collaboration. Please refer to our site for further updates on this topic in the new year.
One Health is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the animal-human-ecosystem interfaces with the objective of achieving public health, food and nutrition security, sustainable ecosystems, and fair-trade facilitation. Emerging health threats have become more complex due to changes such as globalisation, increasing populations, climate change, and deforestation. The majority (75%) of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin. The Asia-Pacific region has seen unprecedented changes in the livestock production landscape from backyard to intensive farms to meet the burgeoning protein demand. Similarly, agricultural activities have also been expanding to meet the demand for food from plant sources thus often encroaching on wildlife habitats. Such intensification of livestock production activities, expanding agricultural practices, and other economic activities involving loss of forests and wildlife habitats brings risks of disease occurrence and spread of diseases at the animal-human-environment interface.
During the past several years, a multidisciplinary and intersectoral One Health approach is increasingly being adopted at global, regional and country levels as a way to address common concerns on health threats covering animal-human-ecosystem interface. The current global trajectory associated with unsustainable natural resource management, destruction on biodiversity and ecosystems, and expansion of farms and cities without careful planning will continue to place us at risk of further pandemic disease emergence through repeated zoonotic disease spill-over events.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have institutionalised a tripartite coordination mechanism to support countries with surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including zoonoses at the animal-human-ecosystem interfaces. Regional Tripartite partners have strengthened multisectoral collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region by organising regular workshops since 2010.
The Tripartite-led 9th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multisectoral Collaboration at the animal-human-ecosystem interface scheduled on 13th and 14th December 2021 will provide a good opportunity to consider the future aims of One Health and how to expand One Health engagement across all the sectors, particularly the natural resource management, biodiversity, and environment sector, in the Asia and Pacific Region. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to reflect on achievements made, as well as lessons learned to progress multi-sectoral collaboration in addressing zoonosis and other health threats at country and regional levels since the inception of the regional workshop in 2010.
8th MCM 2019 (for reference only)