Civil Society 20 Summit:
Operationalising One Health - making the case for animal health



Date and time: Wednesday 6 October 2021, 11am - 12pm (BST) / 12pm - 1pm (CEST)

Location: virtual (a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants) 

Organisers: Action for Animal Health coalition

This is a free side event at the G20 Civil Society 20 Summit 2021. 

About the event

The devastating consequences of COVID-19 have turned the world’s attention to growing threats of zoonoses (infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans). Today, 75% of new human infectious diseases emerge from animals. 

The solution lies in the One Health concept, which takes a holistic approach to human, animal and environmental health. The G20 is increasingly interested in One Health as a way to prevent and prepare for pandemics, while combatting emerging threats such as anti-microbial resistance. 

But animal health systems have suffered historical underinvestment. The G20 must strengthen and invest in animal health systems if governments want to effectively implement the One Health approach. 

In this session, experts from civil society and multilaterals will discuss the transformative potential of One Health and why robust animal health systems are critical to putting it into practice. Please join us to ensure that the G20 commit to build a sustainable and healthy future for people, animals and the planet alike. 


Anyone who wishes to learn more about the One Health approach, and why it is vital to strengthen animal health systems to make it work. This includes:

  • G20 representatives
  • International NGOs and civil society organisations 
  • Organisations working in human health, animal health or environment
  • Media



Moderator: Dr Juan Lubroth

Keynote speaker: Dr Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


  • Dr Osman Dar, Consultant in Global Public Health, Public Health England / Director - One Health Project, Chatham House / Member of One Health High Level Expert Panel 
  • Dr Minakshi Prasad, Former Head of Department of Animal Biotechnology, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, India
  • Syed Naeem Abbas, Advocacy Manager at Brooke, tackling brick kiln challenges in Pakistan through a One Health approach
  • Dr Anthony Nsoh Akunzule, Executive Director, Ghana Poultry Network and winner of the World Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Award (2019)

Organisers: Action for Animal Health coalition (the event is administered by Brooke, one of its members)

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