Toward holistic governance in an interdependent world

Toward holistic governance in an interdependent world

11/26/2017

Founder of the ‘Global One Health Think Tank’ and Chair of the One Health Commission’s International One Health Education Task Force calls for ‘One Health in all policies’ in SEEJPH Editorial

Reductionism and silo approaches to tackling global issues as applied in the 19th and 20th centuries persist (e.g., Ebola crisis) but no longer work when we know, as example, that the drought in California is linked to deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest and that unregulated migration to Europe is related to political hegemony, ideological extremism, climate change, food insecurity, education, unemployment and regional conflicts. The separation of ecology, democracy, social justice, prosperity and peace and the impact these have on the health and well-being of people and the planet can no longer be justified and neither can effective governance that underpin these factors.  Rather than focusing strictly on human dimensions governance is tasked with taking a broader perspective considering the interplay between humans, animals, plants and the environment. The concept is known as One Health (8,9)

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