One Health Governance: Putting Policy into Practice

Event Type
Side-event World Health Summit

Location / Date
Berlin, 17.10.2023


German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), Malteser International, World Health Summit

At this year's World Health Summit in Berlin, 3,000 health leaders and experts from around the world came together to address the most pressing global health concerns and to set an agenda for a healthier future for all. One important theme of the summit was the One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. Influential figures like World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, and German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach stressed the central role of One Health in mitigating pandemics, especially in the context of the climate crisis and environmental degradation. The BMZ-funded project ‘Fostering resilience through health and social protection’ of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and Malteser International organized a side-event on 17 October, 2023 entitled "One Health Governance – Putting Policy into Practice". This engaging event has shed a light on the obstacles to implementing the One Health approach and explored pathways to achieve cross-sectoral and interministerial collaboration. After the welcome and opening remarks of the Managing Director of the World Health Summit, Carsten Schicker, the first keynote speech by Dr. Jean-Paul Uvoyo (Malteser International) provided insights into the programs aiming to reduce the risk of human-animal contact and the impact of zoonotic diseases in DR Congo. The second keynote speech provided by Professor Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of IDOS, called for urgent global governance to achieve the vision of "healthy living on a healthy planet," aligning it with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The keynote speeches provided a better understanding of the policy responses and options for One Health Governance and were the basis for a discussion between participants and the speakers. As we reflect on the discussions at the summit, it's clear that cooperation at global and local level is crucial to confront global health issues.



Welcome note and introduction

  • Carsten Schicker (World Health Summit)

1. Keynote presentation: One Health Policy-making for healthy living on a healthy planet. A global challenge

2. Keynote presentation: One Health governance in Malteser International projects in DR Congo

  • Dr. Jean Paul Uvoyo (Malteser International)



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World Health Summit
JW Marriott Hotel Berlin
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Photo: Dr. Christoph Strupat is an Economist and Project Lead / Senior Researcher in the Research Programme "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems".

Dr. Christoph Strupat
Project Lead & Senior Researcher