The One Health approach: A Silver Bullet Against Climate Change and the Pandemic?

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of the deep connections between health and the environment. In its strive to deliver a comprehensive and holistic response to both major global threats, the WHO has emphasized the importance of pursuing a One Health approach. The One Health approach assumes multiple sectors working together to achieve better public health outcomes. It is rooted in the recognition that human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist. The deep connections between ecosystem health and human health were also on the agenda of the second segment of the fifth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2), held in February 2022 in Nairobi. The proposed contribution will analyze the key elements of the One Health approach to appraise its concrete implications and potential drawbacks, with a specific focus on its relevance and implementation in the EU.