OIE Director-General Monique Eloit and FAO Director-General QU Dongyu at the G20 Health Ministers Meeting in Rome. ©FAO

One Health approach and intensified collaboration needed to prevent and respond to pandemics


The world has the opportunity to bolster collective and collaborative methods to prevent future pandemics through a universal, inclusive One Health approach, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said today at the G20 Health Ministers Meeting held in Rome.

A viable coordinated response to COVID-19 involves intensified collaboration across borders, sectors and disciplines, Qu stressed at the opening of the two days meeting.

He hailed efforts by the G20 Presidency - currently held by Italy - "to ensure that we bring new, realistic and pragmatic solutions to the areas of health and agri-food systems, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reach Zero Hunger by 2030."

The Director-General spoke on behalf of FAO and also in his capacity as Chair of the Tripartite for One Health, a consortium also including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that advocates for solutions which recognize that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment - the One Health Approach.