The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were signed by all member states of the UN to “save our planet and our future”. While only SDG 3 explicitly demands “good health and well-being for all people”, health is a recurring theme through all 17 SDGs. Thus, health serves as an excellent entry point for understanding the SDGs and their holistic approach.
In recent years, medicine and health sciences have witnessed enormous progress. Novel insights into evolution of life at genomic and molecular levels lead to a new science termed “Evolutionary Medicine” and “Evolutionary Global Health”. This provides a basis for a holistic view on health and disease that integrates the three decisive factors for each individual’s well-being: biology (genetic disposition, cellular mechanisms...), environment (economy, culture, education, climate...), and lifestyle (nutrition, exercise...). The same categories can be used to classify the SDGs.
The symposium will discuss the political basis and intentions of the SDGs; it will shed light on the progress realized so far concerning the implementation of the SDGs, but also on responsibilities of science and academia. Furthermore, we will raise awareness about the importance of the intertwined biology-environment-lifestyle-complex for our health – especially regarding disease prevention and health preservation.
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