Health security is a global public good that is first and foremost based on actions at the national level. The need to strengthen country capacities to prevent, detect and respond to all hazards is an integral part of the Agenda 2030 and linked to major global processes. Human and animal health are closely interlinked. Epidemic outbreaks are impacted by climate change, globalization of agriculture and food production, as well as antimicrobial resistance, among others. The purpose of the side event is to raise awareness, share information and initiate dialogue about the current health security work from a One Health perspective among representatives of Members at FAO, in view of ongoing key global processes such as climate change and the SDG implementation.

Sustainable health security capacity building requires country ownership and a One Health approach. To support collaboration across sectors such as animal and human health, agriculture, defense, development, environment, food safety, public safety, as well as tourism and trade, the multi-partner JEE Alliance was formed on 22 May 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Alliance provides a platform for sharing information and exchange of views to facilitate engagement between countries, international organizations such as FAO, OIE, WHO and the World Bank, as well as financial institutions, non-governmental actors, an organization representing the private sector, and other stakeholders involved in building health security across different sectors implementing the One Health approach. To date, more than 60 countries and organizations have joined the network, co-chaired by Finland and Australia.

There is a unique momentum to strengthen commitment and mobilize resources for sustainable, systematic country capacity building at global, regional and national levels. One Health and FAO must remain at the core of this process.


17.00 – 17.05 Opening

Dr Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland


17.05 – 17.45 Presentations

Dr Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

H.E. Esti Andayani, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr Papa Seck, Technical Advisor of the Prime Minister in charge of Animal Health, Livestock, Fisheries and Coordinator of the GHSA

Naomi Dumbrell, Counsellor Development (Health), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Permanent Mission to Geneva

Dr Franck Berthe, Senior Livestock Specialist in the Agriculture Global Practice, the World Bank

Dr Christophe Longuet, Executive Director, Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS)


17.45 – 18.20 Questions and Discussion

Moderator: Dr Sebastian Hielm, Director, Food Safety, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland


18.20 – 18.30 Summary and Closing

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