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The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) adopts its first action plan

9-10 September 2004 90 years of standards

9-10 September 2004 : The STDF donors meet in order to support developing countries to improve their public, animal and plant health situation.

This meeting was held in the presence of high-level representatives of the OIE, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Bank, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Following the STDF donors round table, several donors, including international organisations such as the OIE, and various European countries pledged to contribute to the STDF, in order to support sanitary and phytosanitary infrastructure activities in developing countries.
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A commitment to improved implementation of health standards

The origins of the STDF go back to a joint declaration by leaders of the OIE, FAO, World Bank, WHO and WTO following the Doha Ministerial Conference of November 2001.

Through this declaration, the five organisations undertook a commitment to assist developing countries in building skills and capacity to make a greater contribution to the drafting and implementation of sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS), aimed at improving public, animal and plant health on their territories, and thus building their capacity to obtain and preserve access to international markets.

Five international organisations united to help developing countries broaden their participation in world trade

That joint commitment led to the creation, in 2002, of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), managed by the WTO. The Facility studies new technical and financial mechanisms for the coordination and mobilisation of resources, and promotes cooperation between standardisation bodies and agencies in charge of implementation and financing, in order to ensure that technical and financial resources are used as effectively as possible. As a coordination mechanism, the STDF constitutes a forum for the exchange of information on the regular activities of the partner organisations and of Member Countries, in particular with regard to technical assistance.
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OIE projects in the STDF framework

Several specific OIE projects have been carried out in the framework of the STDF, concerning, inter alia:

  • The reinforcement of veterinary infrastructures in certain African countries to contribute to poverty reduction and access to regional and international markets for animals and animal products from those countries. 
  • The implementation of an initiative aimed at developing livestock in Africa, known as the ALive Programme.
  • The creation of a tool for independent and voluntary evaluation of Veterinary Services and of the steps to be taken for compliance with OIE quality standards.  This led to the creation of the PVS tool in 2006.















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