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General approach and working

The International Working Groups (IWG) of the OSH Forum were launched on 7 July 2021 from the Euronews studios in Lyon.

For 16 months, the thematic IWG will meet to debate and share their knowledge around One Health. They will have to formulate cross-cutting operational recommendations that can be implemented on the ground and will allow public policies to be adapted. The set of operational recommendations from the thematic IWG will make it possible to publish the One Sustainable Health Declaration at the World Health Summit 2022 in Berlin.

Each IWG includes different types of members: researchers (1/3), operators (1/3), regulators (1/3). Members participate as individuals and not as representatives of their institutions.

Permanent members will remain in the groups until the end.

> Each group is made up of 20 to 25 voluntary experts from various professional backgrounds and from the fields of human, animal and environmental health. They will also be selected to meet a balance of gender and geographic representation. Experts are requested to meet at least once a month for a discussion session.

> In order to facilitate the organisation, each group has a rapporteur and a coordinator. The rapporteur’s task is to transcribe in writing the ideas and proposals discussed. The coordinator is responsible for coordinating meetings (calendar, logistics, etc.).

> Several representatives -Co-chairs- are chosen from among the members of the groups. They participate in the constitution of the Working Groups, organize and animate the meetings and guarantee the good conduct of the Group. These representatives are also part of Group 6+1, Group 7, in order to ensure the interdisciplinarity of the Working Groups.  Representatives are asked to participate in at least two meetings per month: the one with the Working Group and the one with Group 7.

Complementary (non-permanent) members provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange to enrich discussions.

               > Contributors may be called upon by the Working Groups to participate in dialogue or writing on a specific topic through their knowledge and experience. They are not limited in number and their participation is decided by the Working Groups.

               > Followers are people interested in the OSH Forum and want to follow the discussions. That way, they can take part in the discussions, present their ideas, but it is up to the groups to decide to accept participation in the meetings and incorporate the suggestions into their thinking.



The groups work around a specific work axis.

  • IWG 1: Mitigate the impact of environmental pollution, climate change and pressure on biodiversity to reduce disease.
  • IWG 2:  Towards sustainable food and nutrition.
  • IWG 3: Adapting the human-environment paradigm for better human and global health.
  • IWG 4: For equitable access to quality health care.
  • IWG 5: Global drivers of change for sustainable health for all.
  • IWG 6: Develop practices for a single health through building resilience in local communities.
  • IWG 7 (6+1): Cross-cutting regulatory working group that brings together representatives from each thematic IWG with Board members of the Scientic Committee of OSH Forum.

Around their theme, the Working Groups must carry out a precise contextualization work. They must therefore gather the scientific evidence and summarize the main challenges to the implementation of actions on Sustainable Health and identify the stakeholders.

They must also consider key areas throughout their work that will be reflected in the final recommendations :

  • The field of advocacy: a global vision and an integrated approach
  • The field of operational recommendations and projects: focus on implementation
  • The field of research: a strategic agenda for interdisciplinary research
  • The field of education and communication: share knowledge, facilitate behavioural change and increase awareness
  • The field of ethics: common values.

-  IWG 1: Mitigating the impact of environmental pollution, climate change and biodiversity pressure on disease reduction

Some members of Group 1:  Patrice Debré, Irina Ribarova, Antoine Andremont


Sylvianne Ratte, July 7, 2021: “Let’s get to work, there’s a lot to do, it’s complex but we can do it!”

The themes raised by the group: 

  • Moving towards clean, clean water to reach OSH
  • Reducing endocrine disruptors from medical wastewater and agriculture
  • Use of xenobiotics and development of antibiotic resistance
  • Reduce man-made air pollution, noise pollution, and light pollution to reach OSH
  • Priorities for climate change, biodiversity loss and disease emergence (including vector evolution)
  • Change in waste management and recycling in relation to OSH

 International Working Group 1 Progress Points:

Working Group 1 has already held a first meeting in early September.

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 1 : IWG 1 : Pollution, changement climatique, pression sur la biodiversité et la réduction des maladies - YouTube

-  IWG 2: Towards sustainable food and nutrition

Some members of Group 2:  Babette Simon, Mamane Zeilani, Yves-Martin Prével

  • Babette Simon, 7 July 2021: “We are all part of the food system, so together we need to find a way to solve the problem, find new ways, and also find what defines concrete actions to transform the global food system.”

The themes raised by the group:

  • Food security, better nutrition and food waste management to achieve OSH
  • Environmental impact of agricultural and livestock practices, including antibiotic resistance and interference between ecosystems and microbes
  • Nutrition and environmental non-communicable diseases (including microbiota and gene-environment interactions leading to metabolic, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases)
  • Fair trade and livestock practices and agricultural practices

 International Working Group 2 Progress Points:

Working Group 2 has already held a first meeting at the end of August.

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 2 :  IWG 2 : Vers une alimentation et nutrition durable - YouTube

-  IWG 3: Adapting the human-environment paradigm for better human and global health.

  • Some members of Group 3:  Francine NToumi, Thierry Lefrancois, Serge Morand, Benjamin Roche, Pascal Revault, Flor Pujol, Amandine Gautier.
  • Benjamin Roche, 7 July 2021: “The One Sustainable Health approach is particularly important because it aims to combine the protection of populations in the face of public health threats […] while at the same time being part of an essential approach that is the sustainability of the proposed solutions. it is really this approach with all the complementary perspectives on the other facets of human and animal health that will be developed within this working group in order to be able to develop operational recommendations  to try to reinvent human-environmental interactions.”

The themes raised by the group:

  • Demography, land use and land-use planning (including safeguarding forests and ecosystems)
  • Managing the “border” with biodiversity and wilderness (including community relationships with nature, and zoonotic prevention and surveillance)
  • OSH approaches in urban management and development
  • Living environment, architecture and mental health
  • Prevention of natural risks related to climate change

International Working Group 3 Progress Points:

Working Group 3 has already held a first meeting at the end of August.

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 3 : IWG 3 : Adapter le paradigme homme-environnement pour une meilleure santé humaine et planétaire - YouTube

-  IWG 4: For equitable access to quality health care.

Some members of Group 4:  Runa Khan, Serge Breysse, Wilm Quentin, David Heymann, Caroline Antoine

The themes raised by the group:

  • Universal health coverage
  • Reaching vulnerable populations
  • Equitable access to health care innovation (including value-based health care issues and the use of artificial intelligence)
  • Local capacity building and training
  • Compromise and Intergenerational Priorities
  • Resilience of health systems in a changing environment
  • Prevention, diagnosis, vaccines and treatments

International Working Group 4 Progress Points:

Working Group 4 has already held a first meeting in early September

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 4 : IWG 4 : Pour un accès équitable à des soins de santé de qualité - YouTube

-  IWG 5: Global drivers of change for sustainable health for all.

Some members of group 5: Hélène Delisle, Carlos Gonçalo das Neves, Ole Petter Ottersen, Eric Comte, Andrea Sylvia Winkler

Andrea Winckler, July 7, 2021, “One Health must become the new way of working at the local, regional and especially international level, and that includes all of society.”

The themes raised by the group:           

  • On-board stock companies participate in the development of OSH regulations and practices
  • Reaching out to media and journalism
  • Ethics and OSH

International Working Group 5 Progress Points:

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 5 : IWG 5 : Des leviers de changement mondiaux pour favoriser ‘Une Santé Durable pour Tous’ - YouTube

-  IWG 6: Developing single health practices through building resilience in local communities.

Some members of group 6: Eeva Furman, Antoine Lury, Kamel Mohanna, Hamidou Niangaly.

Antoine Lury, July 7, 2021: “There are many issues (…) such as the involvement of local communities but also the involvement of local authorities because the approaches are very centralized and do not go to the ground.”

The themes raised by the group:

  • Promote OSH practices in local institutions
  • Women gain of power for OSH
  • The role of education and culture in promoting OSH
  • Knowledge transfer and OSH capacity building
  • Digital technologies to stimulate OSH
  • How can behavioural science help implement OSH programs?

International Working Group 6 Progress Points:

Working Group 6 has already met for the first time in early September.

Replay du lancement opérationnel de l’IWG 5 : IWG 6 : Pratiques en faveur d’Une Santé Durable et résilience au sein des communautés locales - YouTube

-  IWG 6+1

Group 7 consists of representatives of each Working Group and members of the Scientific Council. Its role is to ensure the interdisciplinarity of the Working Groups and to formulate a common vision that promotes One Sustainable Health. Meetings are held every two months and every three months with the Strategic Partners Committee.