More than 800 participants representing the 180 OIE Member Countries and numerous international, intergovernmental, regional and national organisations are expected at the end of May for the 83rd General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

This annual event will be the occasion to review the current global landscape with regard to animal diseases, including zoonoses and to adopt new OIE intergovernmental standards on animal health and welfare applicable to OIE Member Countries.

Numerous exchanges will take place during the week’s proceedings, notably on the animal disease events that occurred in 2014, such as the ongoing global avian influenza epizootic, but also on cross‑cutting issues such as antimicrobial resistance.

The Delegates will also be holding elections for all of the Organisation’s governance positions.

No admittance will be granted without prior accreditation.
Please send the enclosed form no later than Monday 21 May 2015 to
To download the accreditation form, click on the image:

INTERVIEW REQUESTS: Interviews with participants may be arranged, subject to availability, throughout the General Session, by appointment only and with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Members of the Press are invited to the following:*

Sunday 24 May 2015

from 3:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony followed by a musical cocktail
With addresses by numerous Ministers of Member Countries

Monday 25 May 2015

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Global review of the OIE’s animal health and welfare activities in 2014
Dr Bernard Vallat (Director General of the OIE)


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The use of information technology in animal health management, disease reporting, surveillance and emergency response
Rapporteur: Dr Tammy R. Beckham

Wednesday 27 May 2015

1:00 p.m.

Press Conference

* These are the only sessions freely accessible to the press.

Catherine Bertrand-Ferrandis
OIE - Communication Unit
Tel: 33 (0) 1 44 15 18 88
Fax: 33 (0) 1 42 67 09 87