Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2021

Advancing the Three Pillars of Sustainability through Better Livestock Health & Welfare: A Data and Evidence Review

January 21 2021 Virtual

Expert panel debate organised together with BfT and HealthforAnimals, taking place during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2021.

Good animal health plays an important role, not only for animal welfare, but in protecting public health as well as the health of our environment. Well-managed animals can lead to a decrease in GHG emissions and require less natural resource inputs like feed and water. Ensuring animal health also helps to avoid food losses and waste at source. The expert panel will analyse how improving the health and welfare of livestock can advance economic, social and environmental sustainability.

These three ‘Sustainability Pillars’, as identified by the United Nations Brundtland Commission in the 1980s, form the basis of the drive to acheive the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


  • Jude Capper - Livestock Sustainability Consultant
  • Anne Mottet - Livestock Development Officer, FAO
  • Shirley Tarawali - ILRI Assistant DG, Chair of Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock 
  • Claire Bury - Deputy DG, DG SANTE, European Commission

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Introductory remarks

Roxane Feller, AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General


Keynote Talk: Environmental impacts of animal health

Jude CapperLivestock Sustainability Consultant


Keynote Talk: Economic benefits of animal health

Anne MottetLivestock Development Officer Animal Production and Health division (NSA) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Keynote Talk: Social contributions of animal health

Shirley TarawaliILRI Assistant Director General and Chair of Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL)


Response: Applying data to action plans for a more resilient food system

Claire Bury

Deputy Director General, DG SANTE, European Commission


Followed by Panel Exchange


Closing remarks

Roxane Feller, AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General


The panel’s objective is to shift from ‘high-level’ conversations to analyzing data that can be used to develop national action plans that lead to measurable sustainability improvements. This can accelerate efforts to achieve the SDGs and ultimately build a more resilient global food system.

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