Paris, 9 December 2011 – A Preliminary Summary of the high-Level Technical Meeting to Address Health Risks at the Human-Animal-Ecosystems Interfaces is now available.
In this summary the organisers detail the results and outcomes of the Meeting as well as describe the identified priorities to pave the way for a global ministerial-level meeting.
Hosted and supported by the Mexican Government, from November 15th to 17th, the Meeting organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nation System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) identified and discussed pilot activities that would be applicable and useful for addressing health risks at the human-animal- ecosystem interface. Avian influenza, rabies and antimicrobial resistance have been selected for that purpose.
The Meeting concluded with a strong consensus among public health, animal health and environmental experts that improved and coordinated policies among these sectors and related organizations would be a major step forward in reducing at their animal source diseases arising from the animal-human-ecosystems interface and at the same time mitigate their associated social and economic consequences.