The upcoming event will focus on issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Leading specialists in medical and biological sciences, in veterinary sciences and environment studies from Georgia, Spain, China, Russia and other countries will present their papers within the «One Health» concept.
The key subjects include:
The 4th One Health International Symposium was held on April 28, 2021. The event was organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Don State Technical University as part of the RAS international scientific and technical-scientific cooperation projects.
The Symposium was held online; the leading specialists in medical, biological, veterinary, and environmental sciences from China, Georgia, India, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the US, and Uzbekistan delivered their papers.
The forum featured the scientific sessions “Antibiotics Resistance and Biosafety” and “Cross-Border Cooperation.”
The opening ceremony was moderated by Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician, Professor Irina Donnik, D.Sc. in Biology.
In his welcome address to the Symposium participants, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Alexander Sergeev noted, “Recent events in vaccine development and the response to the COVID pandemic demonstrated scientists’ capabilities of uniting to respond to global challenges. This pandemic has also shown us that the ‘One Health’ concept is now relevant like never before,” the RAS President said. According to Alexander Sergeev, there are three principal dimensions to this concept: antibiotics resistance, zoonoses, and food security. “Over the last few decades, we have noted a significant increase in emergencies and in epizootics. The health of people and animals is threatened by antibiotics resistance, new pathogens, and natural disasters. Studying the interconnections between the health of people and animals requires a multidisciplinary approach. We need experts in public health, animal health, the environment,” Alexander Sergeev also noted. The RAS President emphasized that the Symposium assembled eminent scientists, decision-makers, and leaders in the relevant fields; he thanked the participants and wished them a productive conference.
Dr. Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization’s representative in Russia, noted the importance of creating a stable protective environment for sustaining people and animals on Earth. “We understand the close connection between people and animals, their common habitat. Our actions are very important for protecting human and animal health and for ensuring sustainable environment in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic proved very painful and reminded us all that we live in a globalized world. The one health concept must become entrenched in our minds,” Dr. Vujnovic said.
Oleg Kobiakov, Director of FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, greeted the attendees of the 4th One Health International Symposium and said, “Just like politicians the world over have long learned that security is single and indivisible, so doctors have arrived at the same conclusion regarding health. That’s how ‘One World – One Health’ concept was born. This year, the United Nations Environment Programme has joined this cooperation project since the events of the last few months showed that wild nature, our environment, the waters, are a reservoir of microorganisms, including highly pathogenic ones.”
President of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences Georgiy Kvesitadze also spoke at the opening of the 4th One Health International Symposium. “Today, the issue of health and environment is highly important. Together with regional problems, the 21st century created three principal issues that pose a significant threat to humanity: the environment, energy, and food. A disruption of environmental balance entails very grave consequences such as global warming, a catastrophic increase in spontaneous mutations that produce involution forms of organisms, a spike in previously unknown infectious diseases, defective agricultural products, and many others. We have reasons to believe that virus forms of diseases are a result of disrupting the planet’s biological balance,” the President of the GNAS said.
Hou Jianguo, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and of the World Academy of Sciences, also addressed the 4th International Symposium with words of greetings and thanks. “Today’s situation with the epidemic stresses the importance of bolstering international scientific and technical cooperation in public health. In order to combat the global pandemic, we attach great importance to cooperation with the international scientific community. Today, China and Russia are the global leaders in vaccine development and creation. They maintain close contacts in microbiology. The institutes of the two medical Academies of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint Russia-China laboratory for COVID-19 research and for research in SARS, immunobiology, and microbiology,’ Hou Jianguo said.
Professor Jonathan Jansen, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, thanked the Russian Academy of Sciences for participating in the opening ceremony of the 4th International Symposium and also spoke about the Academy of Science of South Africa’s actions in healthcare. “Currently, the Academy of Science of South Africa has approved the study connected with the One Health concept. We are already amending our research with account for various pandemic-related restrictions. We particularly emphasize R&D, biomedical strategies. It is very important for all our academies to ensure that specialists in medicine and biology sit down together with sociologists, that they are with us,” the President of the Academy of Science of South Africa said.