World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH)

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Recently, India hosted the 33rd Conference of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

 About the WOAH Conference: 

  • The WOAH has set up five Regional Commissions as full-fledged regional institutional bodies to express specific problems faced by its Members in the different regions of the world. 
  • The Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific organises a Conference once every two years in one of the region's countries.
  • These conferences aim to develop technical items and foster regional cooperation to control animal diseases. Regional programmes are also considered to reinforce major disease surveillance and control.
  • The Regional Commissions report on their activities and submit recommendations to the World Assembly of Delegates.
    • The World Assembly of 183 Delegates is the highest authority of WOAH.

About WOAH: 

  • WOAH was founded in 1924 as the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).
  • Currently, 182 countries and all EU Member States are members of WOAH.
  • In May 2003, it adopted the common name World Organisation for Animal Health.
  • It focuses on transparently disseminating information on animal diseases, improving animal health globally and thus building a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.