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The 82nd General Session of the World Assembly will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the OIE

April 2014 AND ALSO

The 82nd General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE will be held from 25 to 30 May 2014.

The General Session will bring together representatives of the 178 Members of the OIE and observers from International Organisations having an official agreement with the OIE, as well as observers from other international and regional organisations and invited guests.

The World Assembly of Delegates determines the OIE’s main policies and verifies their implementation. In May this year, the Assembly’s work will include:

  • Adoption of international standards in the field of animal health and welfare,
  • Updating of control methods for animal diseases, including zoonoses,
  • Improvement of the quality and effectiveness of Veterinary Services,
  • Review of the world animal health situation,
  • Elections to fill vacancies on OIE Commissions.

During the General Session, two Technical Items of general interest will be presented by Rapporteurs chosen for their international competency.

Technical Items 2014:

  • Criteria and factors for rational prioritisation of animal diseases that should be covered by public health policies.
  • African swine fever: new challenges and measures to prevent its spread.

The Opening Session of the work of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE will take place in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Haya, OIE Goodwill Ambassador.

This is always a major event, with the presence of leading personalities from all over the world.

Alongside the President of the OIE, Dr Karin Schwabenbauer, and the Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat, there will be 17 interventions, including those by:

  • Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO),
  • Mr José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

For the Press

General Sessions of the OIE

The life of the OIE follows an annual rhythm, culminating in May with the General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates. On the eve of 82nd General Session, the OIE looks back at this major event, the first of which, in 1927, saw the appointment, for the 28 founding countries, of the first Director General and the first President of the OIE.
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