How a One Health approach can prevent and mitigate future pandemics

25 Jun 2020

Several years ago, a scientific assessment declared that the future costs of disease pandemics could be in the same order as those of climate change. As the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic continues to upend lives and economies, those costs are becoming clearer by the day. Yet funding and policy leadership for stopping or managing pandemics receives only a fraction of that invested in managing a warming globe. A new research-based report published jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) provides an overview of how COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases emerge and spread. Experts will describe a ‘One Health’ approach linking human, animal and environment health, with a focus on agriculture and biodiversity, that can prevent and mitigate future pandemics. The session will provide practical policy and investment options for adopting integrated One Health approaches.

Originally titled “Building back better: taking a One Health approach for healthy landscapes people, animals and wildlife “, this session hosted by UNEP and ILRI aired on June 4th, 2020 at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference.

  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • The International Livestock Research Institute


  • Susan Gardner

    Director, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Programme

  • Iain Wright

    Deputy director general research and development–Integrated Sciences, International Livestock Research Institute

  • Delia Grace

    Senior scientist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Professor of Food Safety Systems at Natural Resources Institute, UK

  • Johannes Refisch

    GRASP Programme Manager and GRASP Coordinator (OIC), UN Environment Programme

  • Bernard Bett

    Senior Scientist, Animal and Human Health , International Livestock Research Institute

  • Hadley Matendechero Sultani

    Head, Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Kenya Ministry of Health

  • Doreen Robinson

    Chief for Wildlife, UN Environment Programme

  • Pauliina Upla

    Associate Programme Officer , UN Environment Programme

  • Michael Victor

    Head, Communications and Knowledge Management, International Livestock Research Institute


  • Pauliina Upla

    Associate Programme Officer , UN Environment Programme