A Bhutanese delegation of three members led by Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director General of Department of Livestock who is the current OIE Delegate of Bhutan attended the 87th session of World Animal Health Assembly from 26-31 May. The OIE Delegate of Bhutan was elected as the Vice President of OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania and Oceania by 32 member countries during the 86th Animal Health General Assembly in May 2018.
With animal health issues both for livestock and humans (zoonotic) emerging as serious concerns globally there is a need to fight animal diseases at global level and also to facilitate safe and transparent trade. Every year the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) brings together the national delegates of 182 member countries as well as the representatives from its global network of experts and partners to address the challenges in accelerating more resilient animal health and production systems.
During the six days event, the Assembly deliberates and adopts new international standards on animal health and welfare. Amongst others, it provides an update and an opportunity to discuss the current and future global animal health challenges at the regional and global level.
The OIE Delegate of Bhutan also chaired the OIE Regional Commission meeting on May 26. Besides, the Bhutanese delegation attended the side events with other development partners, international organisations and member countries on animal health and livestock related activities. The weeklong Assembly is held every year in the last week of May in Paris which is the Head Quarters of OIE.
Submitted by Dr. Karma Rinzin, Animal Health Division, Department of Livestock
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