Safety & Health

Dauda Onawola



The GHWN Youth Hub is an intersectoral, interprofessional community of practice focused on youth employment in health and social care. Following its highly successful conference last year, the Youth Hub is hosting yet another thought-provoking virtual conference themed “Youth and Planetary Health: Sustainable Collaboration for the Future” on September 9-10, 2022.  


Climate-related disruptions induced by anthropogenic activities such as rapid urbanisation, deforestation, transportation and pollution are causing irreversible consequences on the health of human and animal populations globally. Investments into the health workforce are needed now, more than ever, to keep building the resilience of health systems to respond to natural or man-made disasters.

Implementing a planetary health approach to health workforce training and management can play an important role in progressing towards universal health coverage (UHC). Planetary health is a multidisciplinary and result-oriented approach that entails examining and resolving the effects of human disruptions on environmental health. The youth health workforce has a key role to play in preventing and managing emerging global risks and building resilience in health systems worldwide.  


This year’s online conference aims to explore the role of the youth health workforce in finding solutions to key planetary health issues. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas, engage in panel discussions and interactive networking sessions on the following topics:

Bridging the global gap: Advancing one health through governance and advocacy

Digital health approaches for one health: Current advancement and remaining challenges

Entrepreneurship frameworks and systems thinking as tools for problem solving

Future of Planetary Health Education and Research

A Planetary Health Approach to Food Systems: Food Security and Sustainable Diets

Youth role in promoting a healthier environment

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