Science and Global Health Diplomacy to Preventing and Tackling Pandemics: Opportunities and Challenges for One Health

Tuesday 3 May 11.00

Room E

in English


COVID-19 has highlighted the interconnectedness of humans, animals and the environment as well as the vulnerabilities of our society and governance systems to emerging infectious diseases. The Quadripartite Alliance for One Health (FAO, OIE, UNEP and WHO) and the One Health High Level Expert (OHHLEP) panel urge for improved global and national collaboration, communication, coordination and capacity building between the human, animal and environmental sectors, disciplines and society. With a prospective pandemic treaty, there is an opportunity to strengthen and rethink the role of science and global health diplomacy to prevent, prepare and respond better to emerging epidemics and pandemics using One Health.

We will  discuss how systemic, integrated and cross-sectoral approaches in science and global health practice (i.e., One Health) can support international relations, cooperation and diplomacy (Science for Diplomacy), and how diplomacy and international cooperation can further contribute to One Health research and action (Diplomacy for Science) in Switzerland and around the world.

The general objective of the session is to better understand how science-diplomacy strategies related to One Health could help in strengthening cooperation among nations and sectors for improved pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.


Nicolas Seidler
Geneva Science Policy Interface, University of Geneva


Maxime Stauffer
Geneva Science Policy Interface, University of Geneva
Niccolo Iorno
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Catherine Machalaba
One Health High Level Expert Panel
EcoHealth Alliance
Martin Mueller
Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator
Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda
University of Geneva
Erika Placella
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation