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OIE Global Conferences

One of the most important activities in the OIE Global Initiative on Animal Welfare is the convening of global conferences on animal welfare. These conferences provide national OIE Delegates and representatives of international organisations, industry sectors, NGOs and civil society an opportunity to engage with the OIE in its activities to further improve animal welfare globally. The adopted recommendations of global conferences are formally discussed by the World Assembly of Delegates at the annual OIE General Session and relevant recommendations may be adopted as the basis for the development of new standards and guidelines.  

  • The first global animal conference took place in Paris, in 2004. The main objective was to raise awareness of the expanded OIE mandate and to prepare the way for the adoption of new animal welfare standards. The conference was very successful: in 2005, the OIE adopted four standards covering animal transport and livestock slaughter.
    Link to the proceedings.
  • The second global conference took place in Cairo, in 2008. The focus of this conference was on the tools and technical support needed by Member countries to help them to implement the animal welfare standards.
    Link to the recommendations & presentations and the proceedings.
  • The third global conference took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2012. This conference introduced the concept of a regional focus on the OIE animal welfare standards.
    Link to the presentations and the recommendations.
  • The fourth global conference  took place in December 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
    Link to the presentations and the recommendations.

    OIE Animal Welfare Forum

    As one of the main activities to support the implementation of the OIE Global Animal Welfare Strategy (GAWS), the OIE established an Animal Welfare Global Forum, the goal of the Forum is to created an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, experiences and specific knowledge, regarding the challenges and opportunities to support implementation of OIE animal welfare standards.

  • First OIE Animal Welfare Forum, “Supporting implementation of OIE Standards”. Paris, France, 28-29 March 2018.
    Link to the reportpresentations and photos.