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MED Fora

27
Nov
2020
MED

Cooperation Forum – The health-nutrition-agriculture Nexus in the Mediterranean

09:00

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, health has become an imperative topic in the international agenda. The current emergency is forcing us to pay greater attention to the risks, often under-estimated, linked with the spreading of new infectious diseases in a globalized world.

Over the past months, researchers claimed that unsustainable development models have accelerated environmental degradation and the subsequent spill over of viruses, causing infectious diseases to arise and spread. In fact, the high pressure on ecosystems leads to major risks for plant, animal and human health.

To cope with these challenges, the United Nations have developed the “One Health approach”, based on the nexus among human, animal and plant health. This approach seeks to integrate multiple sectors to have a more coordinated response and achieve better public health outcomes.

As advocated by FAO, holistic and ecosystem-based approaches that focus on prevention and the health of the ecosystem are to be preferred, as these present a cost-effective solution. Therefore, it is today more urgent than ever for the international development cooperation to promote cross-sectoral programmes using agro-ecological approaches and focusing at the same time on human well-being.

In this framework, the event intends to cast a common understanding on the nexus among food, agriculture and health and on their systemic connection. Panellists will be asked to provide their views on models, tools and methodologies to address this nexus in the Mediterranean region, in line with the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda.

 

9.00 | OPENING SESSION

Emanuela Del Re

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Maurizio Raeli

Director, CIHEAM Bari

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Bing ZHAO

Director, Smallholder and Food Systems Support, World Food Programme (WFP)

 

9.20 | PANEL DISCUSSION

Monique Eloit

General Director, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Marcela Villarreal

Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Ayoub Al Jawaldeh

Regional Advisor Nutrition for the Eastern Mediterranean, EMRO, World Health Organization (WHO)

Stefano Scarpetta

Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Chair: Antonio Polito, Corriere della Sera

Q&A SESSION

 

10.20 | CONCLUSIONS

Giorgio Marrapodi

Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy