FAO/OIE/WHO Collaboration (Tripartite)

International partnership to address human-animal-environment health risks gets a boost

Standing from left to right:Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, Dr Monique Eloit, Director General of the OIE and Mr Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General after signature of the MOU
FAO / Yannick Coumarin

30 May 2018 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) today agreed to step up joint action to combat health threats associated with interactions between humans, animals and the environment. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, FAO, OIE and WHO agreed to strengthen their long-standing partnership, with a strong focus on tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Working together to achieve One Health

Senior representatives from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and WHO met on 21-22 February 2018 at the OIE headquarters in Paris, France at the 24th Tripartite Annual Executive Meeting. Progress and plans for joint work on issues such as preparedness and response to emerging, re-emerging and neglected infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and food safety were discussed.

FAO, OIE and WHO enlarge their collaboration commitment to face health challenges

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization reaffirmed their commitment to provide multi-sectoral, collaborative leadership in addressing health challenges. The scope of their collaboration will be enlarged to more broadly embrace the “One Health” approach recognizing that the human health, animal health and the environment are interconnected. They released on 13 October 2017 their second Tripartite’s strategic document.

Health threats at the human-animal-ecosystem (HAEI) interface pose risks to public health, animal health and global health security. The HAEI encompasses all direct and indirect human exposure to animals and animal products and to the environments we all share. Prevention, detection, assessment, and response to pathogens transmitted through contact between humans, animals, food, water, and contaminated environments can not effectively be addressed by one health sector alone. Thus, continuous communication and collaboration among all sectors responsible for health are required.

WHO works in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to promote cross-sectoral collaboration to address risks from zoonoses and other public health threats existing and emerging at the human-animal-ecosystems interface, and provide guidance on how to reduce these risks.