Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today inaugurated the 15th Conference of the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, Regional Commission for the Middle East in Abu Dhabi.
Hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, in collaboration with OIE and Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, ADAFSA, the conference runs until November 14 and convenes animal health and livestock experts, representatives of OIE’s Middle East offices, and stakeholders from the agricultural and animal husbandry sectors, including members of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, AOAD.
The conference features a series of closed informative workshops and presentations on OIE’s role in supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the state of animal health and welfare in OIE member countries, as well as their most successful experiences in the field.
The experts will also examine the laws regulating the handling of flora and fauna, particularly endangered species, within the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES.
The outcomes and recommendations emerging from the conference will be presented at the 88th OIE General Session in Paris in May 2020.
Day one of the conference saw Saeed Al Bahari Salem Al Ameri, Director General of ADAFSA, and Monique Eloit, OIE Director General, signed a letter of intent to establish OIE’s Sub-Regional Representation, SRR, in Abu Dhabi that will serve the countries of the GCC region and Yemen.