About this Research Topic
The One Health concept refers to the key role of effective interaction between experience on the ground - the informed civil society - and political decision processes - an inclusive Governance - both supported by interactive science. Practice on the ground should help influence the governing level and the resulting changes towards more responsive and inclusive governance. On the other hand, governance should secure initiation and support of an active and well-informed practice widening its scope and coverage. This process includes multiple professional sectors, inter alia: mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical industry, economists, and agriculture, including forestry, education, veterinarians, physicians, political advocates, journalists, IT-technologists, and multiple other sectors development. The multiple professional sectors’ involvement must also include the often-neglected areas of legal aspects, sociology, and ethics. We need to go beyond bioethics and include environmental and biodiversity ethics, social science ethics, and rights aspects. To this end, legal experts, sociologists, and experts in ethics should be included in the implementation of One Health. This complex amalgam of expertise is predominantly oriented on three interrelated concepts: Global health, which underlines the steep gradients in human health between rich Western countries and, e.g., impoverished sub-Saharan countries in Africa; public health, which targets population health and the essential service infrastructure; and planetary health which targets the ecosystem as an interdependent and interactive system of air, water, land, plants, animals, and humans. One Health keeps these views on the destiny of humankind together.
It became obvious now that we have transgressed several planetary boundaries that regulate the earth system's stability and ultimately a stable state of the planet. At the global scale and within most regions of the world, the current economic, social, and environmental trajectory follows an unsustainable development path. THE WORLD IN 2050 INITIATIVE* defined six sustainable development pathways within planetary boundaries, that we would like to see as theme submissions to our collection but not limited to:
(1) Education, gender, and inequality
(2) Health, well-being, and demography
(3) Energy de-carbonization and sustainable industry
(4) Sustainable food, land, water, and oceans
(5) Sustainable cities and communities
(6) Digital revolution for sustainable development.
Potential actions can be grouped into four sections :
1) Identify the barriers to change unsustainable behaviors.
2) Employ various commitment strategies
3) Produce and communicate effective messages
4) Enhance motivation and invite participation.
Article types expected but not limited to:
Original research, review articles, case studies, short reports
*TWI2050 - The World in 2050. Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Report prepared by the World in 2050 Initiative. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria 2018. Available at: www.twi2050.org. Available at: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15347.
Keywords: Public Health, Global Health, Environmental Health, One Health, Governance, Leadership, Advocacy
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