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How embracing the One Health approach can create a more sustainable planet

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🗞️ Driving the news: On One Health Day, experts emphasize the importance of the One Health approach, which integrates human, animal, and ecosystem health to create a sustainable planet

🔭 The context: One Health is a holistic approach recognizing the interconnectedness of the planet's health, its inhabitants, and the ecosystems that support life
• It addresses issues like emerging infectious diseases, many of which originate from animals and are exacerbated by human interference in ecosystems

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The environment significantly impacts human and animal health, with pollution contributing to a high percentage of chronic diseases and deaths
• Unbalanced ecosystems lead to dire health impacts, disease outbreaks, food insecurity, and loss of livelihoods

⏭️ What's next: UNEP and partners advocate for cross-sectoral collaboration to develop strategies that protect the environment, conserve biodiversity, restore ecosystems, and prevent diseases
• Sustainable practices like reforestation and responsible antibiotic use are crucial

💬 One quote: "In this critical moment, we must fundamentally rethink how environmental dimensions shape health risks and outcomes" (Doreen Robinson, UNEP)

📈 One stat: Approximately 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, with 75% originating from animals, highlighting the need for a One Health approach

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