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1 The OIE role in improving animal welfare globally Dr Bernard Vallat General Director World Animal Health Organisation - OIE WSPA Council 2 nd June 2009, London

2 SOME KEY FACTS Established in 1924: 174 Members Intergovernmental organisation – predates the UN Permanent Regional Representations: Bamako (Mali), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Tokyo (Japan), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Beirut (Lebanon) Sub-regional Offices: Bangkok (Thailand), Gaborone (Botswana), Panama, Brussels (Belgium) Regional Commissions: Africa, America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East

3 History of OIE involvement in animal welfare  Historic role of the OIE in safeguarding animal health  Animal health is a key component of animal welfare

4 The value of OIE standards  Recognised international leadership of the OIE  Global coverage : 174 Members  Democratic and transparent procedures;  Science is the unique common denominator;  Facilitating safe trade while avoiding unjustified trade barriers – important to secure participation of all countries, including the poorest ones.

5 Evolution of the OIE animal welfare agenda and relationship with WSPA  2000: AW recognised as a strategic priority in the 3 rd OIE Strategic Plan ;  2002: adoption by the General Assembly of National Delegates of a Resolution leading to the creation of a permanent working group (AWWG);  2002: WSPA Representative first participated as a full member of the AWWG

6 Evolution of the OIE animal welfare agenda and relationship with WSPA  2003: adoption of the general principles;  2004: 1 st OIE Global Conference (Paris);  2005: adoption of 5 standards;  2007: signature of the Agreement between the OIE and WSPA.

7 Evolution of the OIE animal welfare agenda and relationship with WSPA  2007: Adoption of the OIE Resolution N° XIV supporting in principle the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare  2008: 2 nd OIE Global Conference on AW (Cairo, Egypt); and  2009: Adoption of the new Code Chapter; Guidelines on Stray Dog Population Control.

8 The Way forward  Reinforce the engagement of OIE Members through the creation of national animal welfare focal points under the authority of the Delegate and OIE capacity building activities.  Capacity building through RR and sRR work programmes  Maintain and strengthen existing procedures for updating and creation of global standards;  Continue to examine potential conflict of private standards with OIE standards and provide advice to Members

9 The Way forward  Increase involvement of scientific community through OIE Collaborating Centres;  Specify the key role of the OIE international standards in the final text of the Universal Declaration of AW (UDAW)  Follow up the Recommendations of the 2 nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare

10   Veterinary Services as a “Global Public Good”   ‘One World One Health’   Support good governance through OIE initiatives such as the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS), and associated activities, including on Twinning and Veterinary Legislation   Promote effective collaboration of the OIE & veterinary services with industry and NGOs Recommendations of the 2 nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare Recommendations of the 2 nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare (1)

11   Continuing the development of OIE regional animal welfare strategies in close collaboration with donors supporting the OIE through the Animal Health and Welfare World Fund;   Promotion of applied research on AW, particularly through the OIE Collaborating centers (currently in Italy, New Zealand/Australia and Chile/Uruguay;   Noted by OIE Member Countries and Territories at the 77th OIE General Session, May Recommendations of the 2 nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare Recommendations of the 2 nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare (1)

12 FutureOIE standard setting work Future OIE standard setting work   Stray dog populations, laboratory animals, farmed fish and livestock production systems;   Influence of Governments and stakeholders   Regional activities funded through the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund   Continuing the development and permanent improvement of the animal welfare situation globally through the OIE democratic and transparent process of adoption of science based international standards.

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