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Première réunion du Comité de pilotage OIE/FAO du GF-TADs pour l'Asie et le Pacifique - Tokyo, 7-9 mars2005 (anglais)

The first regional steering committee of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) in Asia and the Pacific was held in Tokyo (Japan) from 7-9 March 2005.

The GF-TADs is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) which combines the strengths of both organisations in the fight against transboundary animal diseases (TADs) world wide. It is composed of a global component at the OIE and FAO Headquarters level and of regional and sub-regional components. The ultimate aim of the Programme is to control and eradicate the most significant animal diseases including those transmissible to humans.

As a joint FAO/OIE mechanism, the GF-TADs will endeavor to empower regional alliances in the fight against transboundary animal diseases (TADs), to provide for capacity building , to assist in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on regional priorities and to convince donors to support these activities.

This initiative is also being supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The specific aim for GF-TADs is to establish sub-Regional Support Units (RSUs)), integrated in Regional Specialised Organisations (RSOs). In the region, OIE and FAO Headquarters, Regional Commissions and Representations will support the Regional Specialised Organisations and sub-Regional Support Units for the design and the implementation of regional and national programmes.

The GF-TADs Programme is developed along three main thrusts namely:

  • A regionally led mechanism to operationally address and implement action against priority diseases;
  • The development of Global and Regional Early Warning Systems for major animal diseases, selected for each Sub Regional Unit;
  • The enabling and application of Research on TADs for more efficient disease control and eradication;

The Tokyo meeting was the first of the five regional meetings scheduled to take place under the GF-TADs launching programme. The other meetings will be held in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2005 and early 2006.

The OIE Regional Representation in Tokyo, Japan will be the Permanent Secretariat of the Regional steering Committee for Asia and the Pacific. Other Regional Permanent Secretariats are hosted by the OIE Regional Representations in Buenos Aires, Beyrouth, Bamako and Sofia. By recognising country and regional specificities as regards animal diseases prevalence and control, a major objective of the GF-TADs is to try to adapt policies and programmes to regions, sub-regions and countries.

Taking part at the meeting, the Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat said that especially with diseases such as avian influenza posing a potential threat to humans, it is vital to ensure early detection and a rapid response. "A part of the investment to be done will be to help developing countries to develop early detection, early response and notification systems. The new global and regional mechanism GF-TADs represents a promising tool for reaching these goals worldwide", Dr Vallat added.

Dr J. Domenech, the FAO Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), the representatives of the Regional Offices of OIE and FAO, the representatives of the specialized regional organizations (e.g. ASEAN), the elected representatives of the CVOs of the countries in the region, as well as several donor representatives also took part at the meeting.

In agreement with the donors being present at the meeting, the new GF-TADs Steering Committee for Asia and the Pacific adopted a number of important recommendations. In particular, the creation of trust funds has been decided, aimed at financing programmes for the control of the most significant animal diseases in the region and at strengthening existing programmes as the South-East Asia Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign (SEA-FMD) and the regional programme for the Avian Influenza control.