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Nearly 700 participants are expected to attend this annual meeting, bringing together all the Member
Countries, as well as the international and regional partners of the Organisation.

During this event, new intergovernmental standards for animal health and welfare will be adopted, and the
current global landscape of animal diseases,including zoonosis, will be analysed.

The Director General, Dr Monique Eloit, will also report on the progress made in the implementation of the 6th Strategic Plan (2016-2020).

In particular, the following topics will be addressed this year:

  •     - Latest developments in global strategies developed by the OIE, particularly in relation to the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
  •     - Publication of a new OIE Animal Welfare Strategy.
  •     - Launch of a rinderpest communication campaign and publication of the 2016 Annual Report.
  •     - Adoption of new official disease status and recognition of national control programs for certain priority diseases.
  •     - Presentation of future developments envisaged for WAHIS, the OIE World Animal Health Information System towards the WAHIS+ system.

This 2017 edition will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the OIE PVS Pathway, a global program for the improvement of Veterinary Services.

We have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Opening
Ceremony, on Sunday 21 May, from 2:30 pm.
A press briefing will be held from 4:30-5:15 pm.

Sessions open sessions to the Press*


From 14:30

Opening Ceremony followed by a cocktail

With the intervention of Ministers from several Member Countries

16:30 – 17:15

Press briefing


9:15 – 10:30

Annual report of the Director General on the Activities of the OIE in 2016

11:00 – 12:30

Technical Item 1: Global action to alleviate the threat of antimicrobial resistance: progress and opportunities for future activities under the ‘One Health’ initiative

Rapporteur: Ms Khadija Id Sidi Yahia


11:00 – 11:45

Technical Item 2: Public-Private Partnerships: expectations of private sector partners for international animal health and livestock development programmes.

Rapporteur: Dr Samuel Thevasagayam

11:45 – 13:15

Presentations by international organisations having signed a cooperation agreement with the OIE

WHO, FAO, Codex Alimentarius, WTO, World Bank

18:30 – 19:00

OIE Global Animal Welfare Strategy


9:00 – 11:30

Current animal health situation worldwide: analysis of events and trends


17:00 – 18:00

Distribution of animal health status certificates

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

Requests for interviews

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

Do not hesitate to contact us regarding your specific topics to facilitate the organisation and allow us to better meet your expectations ( media@oie.int ).


Kindly return the completed form as an attachment before Wednesday, May 17, 2017. No access will be permitted without prior accreditation.



Follow the discussions of the 85th General Session of the OIE: #OIE85SG

To allow you to follow the topics covered throughout the event, several press releases will be published during the week.


22/05/2017 : Reducing the threat of antimicrobial resistance through a ‘One health’ approach

21/05/2017 : Opening of the 85th OIE General Session

In addition, some sessions and interviews will be broadcast on our Youtube channel, and official photos of the event will be made available on FlickR .

85th OIE General Session

OIE - Communication Unit
Tel: 33 (0) 1 44 15 18 88
Contact : media@oie.int