Taking up from COP26 going forward: contribution of the Book “Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future by George R. Lueddeke”


  • Eliudi Saria Eliakimu
  • Linda Mans




Climate Change, Conference of Parties 26, One Health Approach, COVID-19, Russia and Ukraine War


Since its publication in 2019, the book "Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future", written by George R. Lueddeke, has proven to be timely and useful in these uncertain and tense ("rattling" – Lueddeke’s word) times we are experiencing. Indeed, we have had (and still are experiencing) the COVID-19 pandemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine that was started early 2022.  In this article, we recall the urgency of climate action, the goals of COP26 (that took place from 31st October to 12th November 2021) and provide suggestions for topics that might deserve a place in a possible update of the book. These topics include (i) a critical analysis of the effects of Russia and Ukraine War and lessons from the perspective of One Health and Wellbeing; (ii) progress in various countries in using the One Health approach to address issues that affect the health and wellbeing of population (equity), the environment and ecosystems in general (including global trends in non-communicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance); and (iii) look at the current global governance systems in relation to how they can better function proactively to prevent future wars (interconnected challenges).   


Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the work of the President of COP26 and the Secretariat for the draft decision document that has been one of our foundational references. We also thank all the authors of the references cited in our paper for their wonderful work.

Source of funding: No funding was received for this work.

Conflicts of interest: The authors declare that there is no any conflict of interest.

Disclaimer: The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication, and they do not represent views of their organisations.


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Eliakimu, E. S. and Mans, L. (2022) “Taking up from COP26 going forward: contribution of the Book ‘Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future by George R. Lueddeke’”, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH). doi: 10.11576/seejph-6119.