The Secretary General has repeatedly referred to the triple interrelated planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution and their implications for economic and social development. Pollution represents a significant threat to community health, worldwide, and includes not only the immediate acute consequences of environmental incidents, catastrophes, and sudden pollution, but also chronic post exposure health symptoms and conditions. This can lead to long-term public health and socio-economic impacts. Similarly, environmental pollution may affect animal health leading to emergence of new infectious agents. To address this, it is important to develop tools to comprehensively assess environmental health hazards and risks. In accordance with the One Health approach, a health strategy that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and communication on health at the human-animal-environmental interface., multisectoral risk assessments represent a best buy toward implementation of the three dimensions of the 2030 Agenda. Building on best practices, some of which will be presented and discussed in the event, boosting national capacity for such multisectoral risk assessments can ensure a higher level of resilience in the face of recognised and unrecognised emerging environmental health threats.
The event will be in the form of a panel discussion, with expert and high level representatives from the EU, Croatia, Australia, Georgia followed by an interactive discussion. The event will be chaired by Dr. Vera Katalinić Janković Special Advisor to the Minister of Health for public health and One Health Approach, Croatia. The event will also include co-sponsors from Africa and Asia.