Animal welfare and sustainable development: key links, collective responsibilities and political opportunities



  • Moderator: Dr. Jeff Sebo clinical associate professor of environmental studies, affiliate professor of bioethics, medical ethics, philosophy, and law, and director of the master’s program in animal studies, New York University
  • UNEA Resolution: Dr Zerubabel Getachew former Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN in Nairobi and Chair of the Africa Group
  • Sustainable development and animal welfare policy: Cleo VerkuijlResearch Fellow, SEI
  • A health and animal welfare science: Dr Maria Jose Hotzel Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Just transitions for more sustainable, healthier and more compassionate societies: Lasse Bruun CEO, 50by40


In a landmark resolution adopted at the 2022 United Nations Environment Assembly, the world’s governments recognized for the first time the important links between animal welfare, the environment and sustainable development.

Animal welfare interacts with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in important ways. As the One Health approach increasingly recognizes, practices that compromise animal welfare often have negative effects on human health and the environment, while policies that promote animal welfare can also help achieve better sustainability outcomes. Environmental issues affect humans and non-humans alike, and our responses to these issues will as well. As we build more resilient and sustainable infrastructure and reduce environmental risk through policy, we can improve conditions for humans and nonhumans at the same time.

Ahead of the Stockholm+50 Conference commemorating 50 years of global environmental governance, this interactive panel discussion explored the relevance of animal welfare for environmental protection and One Health and examined promising policy interventions to integrate the good – being animal in the governance of sustainable development.

This event was organized by SEI and New York University Animal Studies.


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