Achieving the UN [United Nations]-2030 Sustainable Development Goals through the ‘One World, One Health’ Concept (Extending ‘Community of Life’ Chances in an Era of Complexity, Uncertainty and Instability) http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/Mar_25_2016_-R-_One_Health_Article_US_version.pdf *George Lueddeke, PhD Co-Chair, One Health Education Task Force, One Health Commission [USA] United Kingdom Preamble The recently agreed UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), present exciting and meaningful opportunities to explore approaches for implementing these on a global scale. However, while the UN Agenda has been carefully crafted, much work remains in terms of translating broad vision and goals into practice on the ground and in finding ways or systems not only of doing things better -the traditional approach to change - but also -and arguably much more important - of learning to do better things, engaging in transformative - often out of the box’ – holistic thinking and interventions. This article provides a starting point in this direction as it calls for a better understanding of the many social, economic, ecological and geopolitical hurdles we face, the global goals to which nations are asked to aspire and their relationship to an interdependent and interconnected planet, which must support the health and well-being of all species - humans, animals, plants – ensuring their survival in an increasingly threatened environment. The task is formidable and our success depends on our capacity to effectively address what some have called an historic ingenuity gap, whereby our present-day solutions fall far short of the myriad complex problems we face. In the long term our best chance for doing so may be by nurturing imaginative or innovative thinking throughout the student learning experience to raise awareness about the world we inhabit and how we can make it better, thereby fundamentally reflecting the ‘One World, One Health’ mindset in order to safeguard - through collaborative and enabling action - the sustainability of the planet and the future for this and future generations. The UN-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Please see attached PDF to read complete copy http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/Mar_25_2016_-R-_One_Health_Article_US_version.pdf . *Dr. Lueddeke is listed among the One Health Initiative Supporters http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.
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