While not an official UN observance, 3 November is celebrated by many as One Health Day. The global campaign is co-coordinated by the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team and the One Health Platform Foundation with the aim of bringing global attention to the need for One Health collaborations.

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While not an official UN observance, 3 November is celebrated by many as One Health Day. The global campaign is co-coordinated by the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team and the One Health Platform Foundation with the aim of bringing global attention to the need for One Health collaborations.

One Health Day is a time to raise awareness of the One Health approach and to celebrate the work of those who are working to protect the health of people, animals, and the environment. The day also provides an opportunity to learn more about the One Health approach and how individuals can get involved.
The slogan for One Health Day is “By protecting one, we help protect all.” This slogan highlights the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, and the importance of working together to protect the health of all.

About One Health

One Health is an approach in which multiple sectors work together to achieve better public health outcomes (WHO, 2017). It is rooted in the recognition that human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist (WOAH, n.d.). The complex nature of the interactions between people, animals and plants renders this collaborative, multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach critical to addressing future health risks and challenges.

The One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLE) – the advisory panel convened by World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH, formely known as OIE) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – has recently elaborated a new operational definition of One Health.

One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and  optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems. It recognizes the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider  environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and inter-dependent.
The approach mobilizes multiple sectors, disciplines and communities at varying  levels of society to work together to foster well-being and tackle threats to health and  ecosystems, while addressing the collective need for clean water, energy and air, safe  and nutritious food, taking action on climate change, and contributing to sustainable  development.

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