The One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) was launched in May 2021, with the support of the Governments of France and Germany within the framework of the Alliance for Multilateralism
, to provide the Quadripartite(1)
with evidence-based scientific and policy advice to address the challenges raised at the animal–human–environment interface using the One Health approach.
A thorough selection process choosing from more than 700 applicants led to the appointment of 26 international experts representing a broad range of disciplines and sectors relevant to One Health.
The Quadripartite welcomes the first OHHLEP annual report, which documents the work of the Panel over its first ten months of operation, according to the work plan agreed at the first OHHLEP meeting in May 2021. This includes the first key OHHLEP product, a comprehensive working definition of One Health.
The report also outlines OHHLEP priorities for 2022, which include analysis of scientific evidence on the drivers contributing to spillover and subsequent spread of zoonotic diseases, and the development of a risk management framework, a One Health Theory of Change to move One Health from concept to practice, and the proposal for an optimised One Health surveillance system, all of which will be used to improve systems to better prevent, predict, detect, and respond to global health threats at all levels.
(1) The Quadripartite is composed of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Contact person at the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH): Dr Chadia Wannous, One Health Global Coordinator