Apr 21: Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala delivered the inaugural address at a side-event of the 2nd G20 Health Working Group Meeting titled, “Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change and Health: One Earth, One Family, One Future”. The co-branded event was organized by the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with the aim of aligning the health sector’s development with the goals of the Paris Agreement and building climate-neutral and resilient health systems under the One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. India’s G20 Sherpa, Shri Amitabh Kant was also in attendance
In his address, Shri Parshottam Rupala emphasized the importance of a ‘One Health’ approach that recognizes the linkages between human, animal, and environmental health. He reiterated the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s message that despite geographical boundaries, all of humanity is part of the same cosmos. Shri Rupala emphasized the need for the health sector, including animal health, to reduce its contribution to climate change and strengthen surveillance of animal-linked diseases to prevent health emergencies from emerging. He stressed that strengthening animal health and implementing a One Health approach can help prevent and control zoonotic diseases, which have significant impacts on animal welfare, economic productivity, and human health.
Shri Amitabh Kant, India’s G20 Sherpa, also spoke at the event, emphasizing the interconnectedness of various challenges such as climate change, healthcare, and poverty. He highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how health and climate change are deeply intertwined, with the Global South being more vulnerable due to a burden of communicable diseases and resource constraints. The G20 India Sherpa mentioned that India has made significant progress in the healthcare sector and has become the pharmacy of the world, with digital initiatives like telemedicine and teleconsultations being sustainable solutions for a climate-resilient healthcare model. “India’s digital initiatives like telemedicine and teleconsultations are sustainable solutions for a climate-resilient healthcare model”, he said.
Shri Rajesh K Singh, Union Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, highlighted the potential of India’s Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative in ensuring timely surveillance of zoonotic diseases. Shri Lav Agarwal, Additional Secretary, Health Ministry, emphasized the need for a ‘One Health’ approach to mitigate the effects of climate change and holistically address the linkages between climate change and health.
Shri. Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB, highlighted that prioritizing the health sector can bring synergistic solutions to meet both global health and climate goals simultaneously, and institutions like the Asian Development Bank look forward to working with member countries to support this.
The event was attended by senior officials of the Union Government, including Mr Takeo Konishi, Country Director, ADB India, Mr Sungsup Ra, Chief Sector Officer, ADB, and other dignitaries.Disclaimer: We donot claim that the images used as part of the news published are always owned by us. From time to time, we use images sourced as part of news or any related images or representations. Kindly take a look at our image usage policy on how we select the image that are used as part of the news.