29 April 2021

Brooke raises the profile of animal health and welfare at meetings informing the G7 Summit

Last week, Brooke was invited to attend the C7 summit, which is the primary route for civil society organisations to input into the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) Summit in June. Brooke was represented by Carine Bambara, Senior Manager Global External Affairs.

G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States (countries representing 46% of global GDP), whose heads of states meet at an annual summit to discuss economic policies and issues related to global development.

Carine Bambara spoke at a session on livelihoods and social security, where she highlighted the importance of animal welfare to the livelihoods of communities dependent on working animals and agreed with colleagues from other organisations on how social protection floors must be created to support such communities. In the session on health, she advocated for animal health systems strengthening through the creation of a funding facility to operationalise One Health, an ask that was supported by the group.

Naeem Abbas, Advocacy Manager, Brooke Pakistan, also attended a meeting with Bond UK and representatives of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) where he advocated for the prioritisation of One Health at the G7 in order to support animal health systems strengthening.

Brooke is proud to be able to amplify the voices of livestock owning communities and their working animals at this important summit. We contributed a unique perspective on the role of animal health and welfare in global policy agendas and hope that a One Health approach to the prevention and early detection of future pandemics will be prioritized in discussions at the G7 along with a funding facility to operationalize One Health as part of a future Global Health Treaty.

Carine Bambara, Senior Manager Global External Affairs, Brooke

The G7 Summit will take place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021.