2020 World Health Summit session: Climate Change and One Health

The Lancet One Health Commission co-hosted the session, “Climate Change and One Health,” at the 2020 World Health Summit in Berlin. View the Co-chairs of the Commission as they participate during this session’s panel discussion!

This year with the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Summit in Berlin took place as a digital, interactive conference with cost-free availability of the entire program. Of the 50 keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops broadcasted live virtually, The Lancet One Health Commission co-hosted the session titled, “Climate Change and One Health: Critical Action for a Sustainable Planet.” During this session, the Co-Chairs of the Commission, Professor Andrea S. Winkler and Dr. John Amuasi contributed to an in-depth discussion about One Health and the importance of climate change, including within the context of global pandemics. 

Climate Change and One Health: Critical Action for a Sustainable Planet – October 26th, 2020, 16.00-17.30 CET


Chair & Moderator 

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea S. Winkler - The Lancet One Health Commission | Co-Chair | Germany and Norway 


  • Dr. John Amuasi - The Lancet One Health Commission | Co-Chair | Ghana 
  • Prof. Dr. Tony Capon - Monash University | Sustainable Development Institute | Director | Australia 
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin | Professor for Climate Change and Health | Germany 
  • Dr. Benjamin Roche - French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) | Infectious Diseases and Vectors: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and Control (mivegec) | Research Director | France 


Now more than ever before, the world has been awakened to the threat posed by diseases that are closely linked to human-animal-environment interaction, and which have far-reaching global health and socio-economic implications. There is overwhelming consensus on the components of One Health involving human animals, non-human animals, and the environment. As both human and non-human animals fundamentally cannot exist outside of an environment, which they are an integral part of and share, shared spaces need to be managed. Therefore, an imbalance in activity by any party within a shared space puts that space in jeopardy of unsustainability.  

Destructive human and animal (often via humans) activity within the shared environment has been shown to have a direct impact on climate, which in turn impacts negatively and directly on the shared environment, animals and humans. This complex negative cycle links Climate Change very tightly to One Health.  

This session offers an in-depth discussion about the importance of climate change, considering the current global awareness and movement around the subject, its links to One Health, and how this all comes together within the context of pandemics. The discussion explores how the linkages extricated between One Health and Climate Change can be translated into global, regional and national policies and actions to promote a healthy and sustainable reconnected future for our planet. 

As also published in the 2020 World Health Summit Program Book

Published Nov. 4, 2020 11:19 AM - Last modified May 10, 2021 1:29 PM