General session

88th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates

88th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates
12:00pm - 4:30pm (GMT+1:00)
Paris (France)

Key figures and outcomes 

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the 88th Annual General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH founded as OIE) was held virtually from Monday 24 to Friday 28 May 2021. The General Session took place via the videoconferencing software Zoom featuring simultaneous interpretation into English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

During five days, participants from all over the world joined the discussions of the first virtual General Session. WOAH (founded as OIE) national Delegates have adopted new Resolutions and made commitments to incorporate the hard lessons learned from COVID-19 into a more sustainable and healthier future.

Here is an overview of the main outcomes:

A global event

participant stats at 88th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates
Nearly 400 participants from 165 countries

joined the live event- including representatives of OIE Members as well as scientists and observers from partner organisations

6 Ministers and the Executive Director of UNEP*

addressed the Assembly during the Opening Ceremony 

*United Nations Environment Programme

+800 people connected

to the livestream  

People engaged in the #OIE88SG

 discussion on social media 

Main achievements


adopted by OIE Delegates to improve animal health and welfare globally 

International Standards 

adopted or revised in the field of terrestrial and aquatic animal disease prevention and control, animal welfare, diagnostic methods and vaccine quality 

Terrestrial Code



revised chapters

Terrestrial Manual



revised chapters

Aquatic Code



revised chapters

Aquatic Manual



revised chapters

13 official disease status


A strengthened network

New centres of scientific excellence  
for a total of 331 Reference Centres located in 47 countries to provide scientific and technical support 

New partnerships  
for a total of 77 partnerships to respond more effectively to global health challenge

A new ambition for 2025

7th Strategic Plan 

adopted to pursue OIE’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

Newly elected members of OIE’s governance bodies 

OIE Director General

Dr Monique Éloit (2021-2026)

OIE Council

New President of the World Assembly of Delegates (2021-2024) 

Dr Hugo Federico Idoyaga Benítez (Delegate of Paraguay)

Past President

Dr Mark Schipp (Delegate of Australia)

New Vice President

Dr Christianne Bruschke (Delegate of Netherlands)

6 new council members

Dr Yobani Gutiérrez Ravelo (Delegate of Cuba)

Dr Roland Xolani Dlamini (Delegate of Eswatini) 

Dr Konstantin Savenkov (Delegate of Rusia) 

Dr Him Hoo Yap (Delegate of Singapore) 

Dr Komla Batassé Batawui (Delegate of Togo) 

Dr Majid Al Qassimi (Delegate of UAE) 

General Session resources and videos 

OIE General Session Opening Ceremony
Video with addresses from Ministers
Annual Report of the Director General on the OIE Activities in 2020

Presentation of the Current Animal Health Situation Worldwide
Interactive presentation

Presentation of the Technical Item
Presentation of the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission
Presentation of the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases 

Presentation of the Biological Standards Commission

Presentation of the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission
Presentation of the Working Group on Wildlife

Presentation on the Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)