Medycyna Wet. 64 (10), 1171-1175, 2008
Truszczyński M., Wijaszka T., Lech E.
The 76th General Session of the OIE – a proof of the increasing international interest of the undertaken subjects
The76th General Session of the International Committee of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was held in Paris from May 25 to 30, 2008, under the chairmanship of Dr Barry O’Neil (New Zealand), president of the International Committee and Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE, who participated in the sessions in a consultative capacity. Delegations from 148 member countries participated in this annual meeting, as well as observers from four non-member countries or territories and 56 international or regional organizations, institutions or federations. Jeffrey C. Mariner, Michael Scannell and Christine Wolff participated in their capacity as reporters for the plenary lectures, there were also presidents of the OIE Specialist Commission and representatives of the Working Groups and ad hoc Groups. Among the participants were honorary presidents and honorary directors of the OIE, as well as nine members of the government of member countries. Following the opening of the 76th General Session honorary awards were subsequently awarded: the Gold Medal to Dr Amadou Samba Sidibé (Mali) and the Silver Medal to Dr Kazimieras Lukauskas (Lituania) for outstanding services to veterinary science and to the OIE. The annual report of director general, Dr B. Vallat on the activities of the OIE in 2007 indicated intensive development of multifactorial activities concerning the increase of the effectivity of veterinary services in the member countries in the prophylaxis and control of infectious diseases of animals, zoonotic diseases and food, as well as feed safety. The plenary lectures were entitled: 1. Participation of small farmers in animal health programs, and 2. Implication of private standards in international trade of animals and animal products. According to the presented animal disease world status in 2007 and beginning of 2008, the major events effecting terrestrial animals were: the introduction of African swine fever in Central Europe, the continuation in some countries of the highly pathogenic avian influenza due to virus subtype H5N1, the expansion of bluetongue virus, serotype 8, and the first signs of the emergence of serotype 1 in Europe, as well as the recurrence of foot and mouth disease in certain areas. The number of cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been decreasing. Following these important points were the reports of OIE specialist commissions, working groups and ad hoc groups contributing to the improvement of the OIE codes for terrestrial and water animals and manuals for diagnostic tests and vaccines. Representatives of a large number of international organizations, societies, institutions presented their activities, stressing the fruitful cooperation with the OIE. In conclusion, the results of the 76th General Session of the OIE confirmed the growing role of the OIE for animal health and productivity as also for the prophylaxis and control of zoonotic diseases of humans.
Keywords: 76th General Session, OIE, reports