The term "One Health" is rather popular these days and is used by various players worldwide. However, the exact definition of the term often remains vague, which makes it difficult to design and implement concrete measures.
Earlier this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) established an advisory body, the One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP). This has now produced an operational definition of One Health to develop a common language and understanding of One Health.
Fig.: OHHLEP One Health Definition, source: WHO, FAO, OIE, UNEP
The new comprehensive OHHLEP-One Health definition aims to promote clear understanding and translation across sectors and specialties. It aims to help establish holistic approaches to solutions globally and demonstrate their benefits. The definition is supported by OIE, FAO, WHO and UNEP.