Activities on GF-TADs

9th FAO/OIE Regional Steering Committee Meeting of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo, Japan, 20-21 July 2016

The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) is a joint FAO/OIE initiative that combines the strengths of both organisations in translating the GF-TADs objectives on the ground. The mechanism brings collective action to support the control and eradication of transboundary animal diseases and has yielded several important institutional and operational gains. The Regional Steering Committee (RSC) Meeting of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific has now been organised 9 times since 2005.

Members of the RSC use these meetings to share information, strengthen partnerships and collaborate to improve activities in the prevention and control of priority TADs.

In Asia, the GF-TADs RSC met for the 9th time this year on 20-21st July in Tokyo, Japan. Representatives from all the sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific attended the meeting to report on sub-regional activities and discuss future collaboration and activities to strengthen coordination in the control and eradication of priority transboundary diseases.

The Global Secretariat gave an update on the global situation and report after the Global Steering Committee met in October last year, as well as presenting the SOP on labelling of GF-TADs activities.

Special topics covered this year included arboviral diseases and aquatic animal diseases. New and emerging diseases and other animal health issues considered a priority in the different subregions were discussed in detail and planning for a way forward and a new action plan to begin in 2017 was begun.

GF-TADs is one of the few globally recognised mechanisms for collaboration in place and is an excellent platform for members to raise pertinent and topical issues. The biennial meeting gave a good opportunity to compare and share information amongst members to help improve animal health and disease control coordination. The meeting had good discussion and came up with some excellent recommendations which will now be finalised.

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