Belgian One World, One Health Vision

08 Mar 2023 at 00:00 FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment Avenue Galilée - Galileelaan, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode - Sint-Joost-ten-Node, Brussels-Capital, 1210, Belgium
8 Mar. 23

Belgian One World, One Health Vision

The Belgian PREZODE Expert Group with support from the Belgian Biodiversity Platform , FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and Sciensano will hold a workshop to discuss a national One World One Health Vision for Belgium. The aim of this workshop is to form a basis for a vision for One World One Health in Belgium, with a focus on the emergence of zoonotic diseases. We invite experts from across sectors including  biodiversity, human health, veterinary science, climate change, science policy, and scientific research, to attend and contribute towards this One Health vision. 

This task has been mandated to the PREZODE Expert Group at the ministerial level. 

The event will take place on :

8th March 2023

FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Galileelaan-Avenue Galilée 5/2, 1210 Brussels.

A vegetarian lunch will be provided for this event.


The morning of the workshop will consist of an information session which will introduce the PREZODE initiative and its strategic agenda, provide an overview of current negotiations for a Pandemic Treaty at international level, set the scene for One Health scientific  research in Belgium, present concrete examples on the link between zoonotic disease emergence and the environment and how to tackle it and finally get information on  show the Netherlands are addressing this issue through their action plan for the Strengthening of the Zoonotic Disease Policy . 


During the afternoon session we welcome participants to take part in breakout sessions addressing questions that will produce recommendations on what is needed for a One World One Health vision for Belgium and how this can happen. 


Background documents

One World One Health Prezode background document

Action plan zoonotic diseases in the Netherlands

PREZODE strategic agenda

A health perspective on the role of environment in One Health



8.45 - 9.20

Registration and Coffee

9.20 - 9.30

Welcome and introductory remarks

Pierre Kerkhofs

DG ENV - Federal public service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

9.30 - 10.00

PREZODE strategic agenda: a roadmap towards preventing zoonotic diseases

Christine Citti 

PREZODE Secretariat & INRAE, France

10.00 - 10.15

State of play & challenges linked to the negotiations of the WHO pandemic Treaty (with a focus on prevention)

Michiel Van Der Heyden

Federal public service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

10.15 - 10.30

Challenges for a One Health scientific research and mapping of actors in Belgium

Hein Imberechts 


10.30 - 10.45

The zoonotic Corynebacterium ulcerans infections in hedgehogs from a One Health perspective

Prof. dr. An Martel 

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UGent - Wildlife Health Ghent

10.45 - 11.00

The Environmental sector and zoonotic disease risk reduction: examples from the field

Arnaud Goessens 

Wildlife Conservation Society

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 - 11.30

The Risk Assessment Group - Veterinary – Emerging zoonoses (RAG-V-EZ) : presentation of its work and the experience gained from the previous RAG-CA

Pieter Depoorter 

RAG - V - EZ & Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain

11.30 - 12.00

The National Action Plan for the Strengthening of the Zoonotic Disease Policy in the Netherlands

Joyce Braam

Ministry of Health, Wellbeing & Sport

Martijn Stijntjes Ministry of Agriculture, Nature &

Food quality - The Netherlands

12.00 - 13.00


13.00 - 13.15

Plenary introduction to Breakout sessions

Sonia Vanderhoeven

Belgian Biodiversity Platform

13.15 - 15.15

Breakout sessions


15.15 - 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.15

Summary of the day

Sonia Vanderhoeven & Facilitators from each breakout session

16.15 - 16.30

Concluding remarks

Hein Imberechts 




For more information please contact Divija Jata (Coordinator, Belgian Biodiversity Platform) and Maud Istasse (current Co-Chair a.i., PREZODE Belgium)