The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was honoured to attend the meetings of the G20 Agriculture and Water Ministers throughout 2020.
Participating as an observer, the OIE’s contributions helped to increase commitment to improving food security and strengthening the resilience and sustainability of food systems (the need for these systems to be strong and resilient has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic).
The OIE echoes the call of the Ministers to implement the One Health approach
The OIE echoes the call of the Ministers to implement the One Health approach in order to reinforce preparedness for, monitoring of, response to, and control of global public health risks. In their communiqué, the Ministers also highlighted the importance of continuing the fight against transboundary animal diseases that have an impact on food security and losses.
As part of the Tripartite Alliance, the OIE is dedicated to pursuing its collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and it is continuing its efforts to enhance country capacity to respond to challenges at the human–animal–environment interface. Consequently, the OIE will continue to provide science-based international standards on animal health and welfare, sustainable animal production and trade, the prudent use of antimicrobials, preparedness for domestic and wild animal disease outbreaks, and transparency in information sharing.