The 81st General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates will be held from 26 to 31 May 2013, bringing together representatives of 178 OIE Members and observers from international organisations that have signed an official agreement with the OIE, as well as other international and regional organisations and invited guests.

The General Session will be held at the “Maison de la Chimie(1) from Sunday 26 May 2013 to Thursday 30 May 2013, and at the OIE Headquarters(2) on Friday 31 May 2013 (Friday’s session is exclusively for the Delegates; it concerns administrative and financial affairs and elections).

The World Assembly of OIE Delegates establishes the policies of the OIE and supervises their implementation. This year, its main work concerns:

  • the adoption of international standards regarding the safety of world trade in animals and animal products;
  • the fight against animal diseases and zoonoses and improving the quality of Veterinary Services;
  • the elections to fill vacant positions in certain Commissions.
  • During the General Session, two Technical Items of general interest will be presented by Rapporteurs chosen for their international competency:

    • Modern approaches and the use of new technologies for the control and eradication of aquatic and terrestrial animal diseases that fully consider animal welfare and minimise the impact on food security.
    • Benefits and challenges posed by worldwide expansion in the horse sport industry : new standards on competition horses and equine diseases free countries or zones.

    A summary of the world animal health situation will also be given.

    The opening session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates is always a special event owing to the presence of Very Important Personalities from around the world.

    In addition to the President and the Director General, addresses will be made by the Heads of States and the Ministers of several Member Countries.

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  • Final Report 2012