Over the course of the past decade, a number of global agencies, including the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Bank, have endorsed, mobilized, and advanced a number of high-level, multilateral One Health collaborations. Throughout the world, regional and national One Health institutes, political alliances, and academic and scientific networks have proliferated as well.
Within the academic and practical One Health milieus in Norway, there is significant scientific expertise and strong political will. However, at the national level, there is a marked need to assemble, unite, and mobilise the Norwegian One Health scientific and policy environment, and to harness a One Health focus across different national agendas and policies, ensuring a cohesive national One Health platform for local, regional, national, and international One Health collaborations.
This is the first national conference aiming to assemble the Norwegian-based expertise in One Health. Interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration is a fundamental One Health premise, and this is closely aligned with ongoing efforts to converge scientific environments and enhance collaboration across institutions in Norway.
We will draw a picture of the ongoing One Health work in Norway and together frame the way forward towards a One Health Norway platform. This coincides with the NORGLOBAL2 and the HEALTH programmes at RCN and aligns well with the Norwegian SDG strategies. The conference will contribute to relevant, high-quality knowledge and building competence in Norwegian research environments, making them capable of anticipating and meeting needs for new knowledge as they arise. By paving the way for an organised One Health Norwegian platform the conference will also increase the success of international initiatives focused on developing countries and global challenges.
HELSEVEL-H-Gode og effektive helse-, omsorgs- og velferdstjenester