11 Mar 2024

Lieu: Online | Webex

Organisation: Organisation mondiale de la santé, Bureau régional du PNUE pour l'Europe

The side event to the 2024 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region showcased how a One Health approach can provide an impactful solution to accelerate progress across the SDGs.

About this Session

The 2023 SDG report has shown the world is off track in achieving most of the SDGs and the COVID-19 pandemic and other multiple interlinked crises continue to impact the ability of the European region to achieve the SDGs, and a more integrated response is needed to overcome the multiple crises and accelerate progress.

The interconnected challenges of poverty as multidimensional issue, food security, and the complex challenges posed by climate change can be addressed through a One Health approach, supported by coherent policies and strong institutions.

The One Health approach aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems by mobilizing multiple sectors, disciplines and communities. The approach provides resilient and innovative solutions to combating poverty and improve the well-being of communities; access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food; contributes to the safety of the food supply chain and prevent the spread of infectious diseases; contribute to a more comprehensive and effective response to the complex challenges posed by a changing climate; and to promote collaboration across different sectors to overcoming the multiple crises we face. For example, COP28 on Climate highlighted the critical role of One Health approaches in responding to climate challenges, as well as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (COP15) to be implemented through a One Health approach.

Against this background, this side event brought together policy makers and practitioners from governments, sister UN agencies, academia, and other partners to showcase, how a One Health approach can provide an impactful solution to accelerate progress across the SDGs.


By order of intervention.


National Center of Public Health, Hungary


Animal Health Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


One Health Global Coordinator, World Health Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)


Unit Leader, Resource Mobilization and Alliances, World Health Organization (WHO)

Peter Sousa HOEJSKOV

Technical Officer, Food Safety & Zoonotic Diseases, World Health Organization (WHO)


Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, Europe Office, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) | Moderator



Live on Webex.

RFSD 2024

The Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2024 will take place in Geneva on 13 and 14 March 2024, preceded by pre-meetings on 11 and 12 March. While taking place at a time of multiple crises, including the triple planetary crisis, in recognition of the strong affirmation of the 2030 Agenda at the SDG Summit, Governments and Stakeholders across the UNECE region are now looking for impactful, innovative and crisis-resilient policies and solutions to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Against this background, the theme for the 2024 Regional Forum is: Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Economic Commission for Europe region in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”.