Never before has humanity’s footprint on Earth’s natural systems been so large. We are outstripping available resources from the only habitable planet we know; and it’s affecting our health. Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and other factors affect where, when, and how intensely infectious diseases emerge. Air pollution, whether from industrial emissions or smoke from fires clearing forests for agricultural use can lead to cardiorespiratory illnesses and other diseases. Everything is connected — what we do to the world comes back to affect us, and not always in ways that we would expect. Understanding and acting upon these challenges call for massive collaboration across disciplinary and national boundaries to safeguard our health. It’s over a month now since Obinna Victor Eze; founder of 360degreeHealth Network addressed a Global stage at the One Young World summit in London 2019 as part of his Public Health Advocacy blueprint to sustain a conversation about our Planetary health.
One young world is a global platform that gathers global youth leaders and world leaders from all countries of the world just like the United Nations model to connect with world leaders, leaders of industries and influencers to raise global issues and urge global leaders to take action. This year was a gathering of 2000+ delegates from 190+ countries with attendance of global leaders such as Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway’s three-term Prime Minister and Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003), Ban Ki-Moon (Former United Nations Secretary-General), Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex), Mary Robinson (Ireland’s first female President and United Nations Envoy on Climatic Change), Graca Machel (Mozambican former Minister of Education and former First Lady for both Mozambique and South Africa) Ricardo Lagos (Former President of Chile); etc with speakers such as Richard Branson, Ellie Goulding, Paul Polman, Edward Enninful and more (Included young delegate speakers and leaders of industries, such as Obinna Victor Eze)
Obinna Victor Eze speech was on the “Effects of Climatic Change on Planetary Health and Wellbeing”.
Watch the Speech Below
He was invited as a Speaker for the London 2019 summit in recognition of my community medical outreach and Public Health Advocacy work in local communities through my organization 360degreeHEALTH NETwork which focuses on bridging the gap in health care service delivery to vulnerable and underserved communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and engages the government through advocacy to improve on health access for vulnerable communities in Nigeria. The organization’s goal is to bring free to affordable medical care to 70% of vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa through medical outreaches and advocacy for health care equity by 2025 which is a mission that requires a global sustainable effort.
Before his speech during the summit in London; he engaged in a conversation with global leaders and influencers such as Mary Robinson (Ireland’s First Female President, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002 and United Nations Special Envoy for Climatic Change), Michael Izza (CEO Institute of Charted Accountants (International) and Manoly Sisavanh (Deputy Country Director Of Wildlife Conservation Society of Laos) in a conversation about the effects of Climatic Changes on Health.
He also deliberated on issues related to poverty eradication in Africa with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus; the father of both social business and microfinance. He is the founder of the Grameen Bank and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his leadership, constant innovation, and impact, he’s been awarded by Fortune Magazine in 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our times”. He is advocating for the New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions in the next 20 years. He is one of the living legends of the 21st Century.
During the summit; Obinna Victor was also honored to be part of a dinner with Heather Wheeler, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Lancaster House, London. With Brexit fast approaching, the UK is aiming to develop new policies to direct its future trade and investment strategy. Asian markets – which include some of the fastest-growing in the world – will play an important role in these plans. During our dinner, she shared with us how The Asian Pacific relations is investing in young people most especially in Commonwealth Nations through the Commonwealth and Chevening Scholarship; which I think young professionals seeking to study in the United Kingdom should seek out for as an opportunity.
As a Professional Nurse, Public Health advocate, International Speaker, global changemaker and One Young World Health Ambassador; Obinna Victor Eze will keep advocating for and pioneering initiatives to address natural and human activities that threaten our existence and contribute to the formulation of policies that will enable our ecosystem to thrive for the next generation.
We can all work in our different fields as health care providers, across borders and diverse cultures with the mindset of connecting humanity to better environmental conditions to promote our Planetary health and well-being; it starts when we intensify the impact of our work and amplify our voices through advocacy.