05/08/17 07:17

3rd FAO/OIE Sub-regional Meeting on GF-TADs for SAARC Member States

Thimphu, Bhutan, 8 May 2017

The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) is a joint initiative between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Oragnisation for Animal Health (OIE), which specifically aims for the control and prevention of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) providing regional coordinating framework for a range of infectious disease control activities occurring at global and regional revels.

SAARC as a Regional Specialized Organization (RSO) was identified as a key actor in the implementation of the GF-TADs in the Region which interacts with OIE, FAO, Regional Commissions, national veterinary services and technical specialists to strategize and prioritize activities for disease control, information reporting, surveillance, and risk mitigation.

FAO and OIE will be co-organising the 3rd Sub-regional Meeting on GF-TADs for SAARC Member States on 8 May 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan in partnership with the SAARC Secretariat.  This Meeting will be held back to back with the 6th SAARC CVO’s Forum Meeting, from 9-10 May 2017, which is being organised in partnership with the SAARC Secretariat, FAO Regional Support Unit for SAARC and the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Government of Bhutan in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Objectives of the GF-TADs meeting are to update GFTADs work in SAARC, link activities of RSU to Regional and Global GF-TADs, and to identify any new considerations for inclusions.