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29th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania


The opening ceremony was attended by the Honorable Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mrs. Radnaa Burmaa (centre, first row), who addressed a welcome message to the participants on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), 18 September 2015 - The 29th Conference of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, which counts 36 Member Countries, was held in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), from September 14th to 18th, 2015. The Opening Ceremony was attended by the Honorable Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mrs. Radnaa Burmaa, who addressed a welcome message to the participants on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia.

The event gathered several high level representatives of the OIE’s Council, the OIE’s Headquarters, its Regional and Sub-regional Representations, the national Delegates of 26 Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania as well as one observer country from another region. Representatives of concerned international and regional organisations and numerous observers also participated.

After the official opening ceremony, the conference began with a brief report on the activities of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, followed by those of the Regional and Sub-Regional Representations and by the adoption of the new Regional Work Plan Framework of the regional Commission for the region. Participants were provided with detailed information and analysis on the terrestrial and aquatic animal disease situation and evolution in the countries of the region during the first semester of 2015, gathered through the OIE World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). The following technical items were subsequently discussed: “The role of Veterinary Services in managing emerging aquatic animal diseases: what are the factors needed for success?” and “How can we progress the cooperation between animal health sector and public health sector?”

Several key issues involving the Member Countries of the region, with special emphasis on the following matters were also deliberated:

  • the challenges linked to pastoralism and animal health (Dr Bernard Vallat);
  • Republic of Korea’s experience with control of foot and mouth disease;
  • a report on the Regional Animal Welfare Strategy (RAWS);
  • the outcomes of the PVS (Performance of Veterinary Services) Pathway;

The discussions were fruitful and the recommendations adopted will be submitted to the OIE World Assembly and its 180 national Delegates in Paris, on May 2016, for final adoption.

The Conference was kindly hosted by the Government of Mongolia. It received the support of the OIE Headquarters and of the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific and the Sub-regional Representation for South-East Asia.

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The future of pastoralist communities needs to be addressed through improved animal health systems


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