Commitments to action

Collective Action for Our One Health

FAO, OIE, WHO and UNEP (Tripartite+)

We propose collective action to reinforce a One Health approach in food systems to support healthy people, healthy animals, and healthy ecosystems. The aim is to build commitment across sectors, disciplines and all levels of society towards a Global Plan of Action for One Health underpinned by the Tripartite (OIE, FAO and WHO) and UNEP. We envision a global One Health movement that attracts high-level political commitment and evidence-based advocacy, through to grassroots action:

  1. Strengthen One Health capacity: Multisectoral and multidisciplinary mechanisms to support national One Health coordination for the integrated management of issues at the animal-human-ecosystem interface informed by guidance provided by the One Health High Level Expert Panel.
  2. Address Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Strengthen country capacity to design and sustainably implement evidence informed One Health National Action Plans on AMR. Support countries to prioritize and implement context specific One Health work to control AMR through appropriate policies, legislation and practice. Strengthen initiatives through monitoring, advocacy, standards, guidelines and providing technical advice, including through promoting the AMR Multipartner Trust Fund, and support to global AMR governance through policy leadership and advocacy from the Global Leader Group. Leverage the Multistakeholder Partnership Platform on AMR to enhance engagement and debate on One Health approaches to AMR and the Independent Panel on Evidence for Action to inform evidence-based decisions.
  3. Use cohesive and concerted global efforts to tackle zoonotic epidemics and pandemics: Tackle risk and impact in food systems through multisectoral research to understand the full range of root causes, advising research gaps and advocating funding, joint risk assessments, collaborative and well-structured targeted surveillance, epidemic intelligence, technological innovations, and interventions in specific risk areas.
  4. Address food safety challenges: Use existing mechanisms and implementation of multisectoral integrated One Health strategies to mitigate food safety risks across food systems focusing on methodologies for surveillance, rapid detection and characterization of microbial and chemical contaminants, and development of targeted interventions.
  5. Fully embed the environment: Integrate the protection of the environment into policies and programme design related to health and sustainability. Provide technical support and capacity building on environmental health aspects, support One Health collaborations, and promote environmental surveillance, protection, and restoration.
  6. Drive policy, behaviour and capacity: Identify and support cost-effective multisectoral One Health strategies, best practices, and capacity development. Apply transdisciplinary approaches at all levels enhancing and widening existing (progressive) control efforts. Facilitate multistakeholder platforms to drive a movement for change.


Member state(s)

Action Area(s)

Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses



Key contact

Keith Sumption, FAO
[email protected]


One Health
Preventing and responding to pandemics
Global health security



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