FAO welcomes US $ 10 million contribution to COVID-19 response efforts – World
Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed a contribution of US $ 10 million to its efforts to respond to COVID-19 and to help address other challenges that threaten human, animal and environmental health, including future pandemics.
In a letter to FAO, the US State Department said the funding was intended to support the agency’s COVID-19 response and recovery program, which is part of its larger One Health program.
Specifically, the funding aims to help strengthen national and international systems of one health through improved multisectoral early warning, risk assessment and risk reduction, and the progressive management of emerging and endemic zoonoses and pests. and high impact animal and plant diseases, including epidemic and pandemic potential.
“We thank the government of the United States of America (United States) for its generous support of FAO’s COVID-19 response and recovery program and One Health tripartite risk assessments at the national level,” said the FAO Director General, QU Dongyu. âA science-based One Health approach in agrifood systems is essential for early warning and prevention of zoonotic diseases. “
The United States’ contribution will benefit countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near East.
About the FAO Response and Recovery Program
Launched in mid-2020, FAO’s COVID-19 response and recovery program aims to proactively and sustainably tackle the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. In line with the United Nations’ approach to ‘build back better’ and in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while strengthening the long-term resilience of sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems. A key priority area is focused on preventing future pandemics, given that approximately 60% of all infectious diseases are caused by zoonotic pathogens, the majority originating from wildlife.
About FAO’s One Health Program
A technical knowledge hub, One Health helps protect human, animal, plant and environmental health throughout the food value chain, from production to consumption and waste management. Through its expertise in implementing the One Health approach, FAO helps countries strengthen integrated surveillance, early warning and information systems; develop better biosecurity for pest and disease management; reduce risks through a multisectoral partnership for preparedness, proactive action and response; build capacity for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) control; and more broadly, strengthening One Health systems at national, regional and global levels.
FAO collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) within the FAO-OIE-WHO Tripartite and extends its collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to mainstream and support the implementation of One Health globally.