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New mandate for Dr Bernard Vallat as Director General of the OIE

Paris , 25 May 2010 - Dr Bernard Vallat has been appointed for a third mandate as Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). 

Today, the official Delegates of the 176 OIE Member Countries re-elected Dr Bernard Vallat in the first round to the head of the Organisation for the next five years. The election was held with secret ballot using the rule “one country, one vote”.

This is Dr Vallat's third mandate as Director General of the OIE. During the past 10 years, Dr Vallat led OIE actions in several new issues such as animal welfare, animal production food safety and the strengthening of the veterinary services. He also gave the OIE a major role to play in the international management of sanitary crisis such as H5N1 avian influenza and the recent H1N1 pandemic 2009 crisis. 

“I am very grateful and honoured by the trust Member Countries have granted me” Dr Vallat said after his new election. “Leading the OIE during the last 10 years has been a very challenging and exciting experience. I am very pleased to continue the hard work we already started in collaboration with all my colleagues not only at the OIE Headquarters here in Paris, but also with my colleagues within the Regional and Sub-Regional Representations and all OIE Members and partners”, he added. 

During his presentation before the election, Dr Vallat gave some indications as to the strategic objectives of the OIE discussed during the World Assembly for the period 2011-2015, notably the continued strengthening of OIE's involvement in policy design and governance related to decision -making in animal health and welfare including the quality of veterinary services. 

New strategic objectives also include sanitary issues related to climate change such as emerging diseases and interactions between climate and animal production or the protection of bees, and the associated communication policies.