Global Events, General session

91st General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates

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9:00am - 6:30pm (GMT+1:00)
Event based in Maison de la Chimie, Paris

The 91st General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates is scheduled for
Sunday, 26 to Thursday, 30 May 2024 at the Maison de La Chimie in Paris, France.

This year’s Session holds a special significance as WOAH marks its 100th anniversary. During the five-day event, our global network will come together to celebrate WOAH’s rich history and dynamic present. We will also explore ways we can collaboratively shape a sustainable future for global animal health and welfare. 
 
The invitation-only event will convene 183 WOAH Members and representatives from international organisations who have signed an official agreement with WOAH. The 91st General Session will also bring together observer countries and territories, WOAH key stakeholders, and special guests. During this important institutional event, the World Assembly of Delegates will adopt administrative and technical resolutions and proceed to elections for vacancies within some of the governing bodies of the Organisation. 

As part of the 91st General Session, WOAH will host a one-of-its-kind interactive Forum, inspired by WOAH’s 100th Anniversary Participatory Foresight Project (PFP). This innovative Forum aims to create space for open dialogue, knowledge exchange, and collective exploration of emerging futures, highlighting challenges, and opportunities in our rapidly evolving world.  More specifically, the Forum will provide an avenue for reflection, assisting WOAH and its Membership in making thoughtful, long-term decisions to enhance WOAH’s Basic Texts and current governance structures.

WOAH Members and other invitees will be contacted by the General Session Secretariat Team to complete their registration. 

Format

While being a face-to-face event, all sessions, with simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian will be webcast on woah.org, except for the administrative session reserved for elections.

Programme


Livestreaming

The 91st General Session will be livestreamed on this page according to the programme agenda. The Session will be conducted with simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.  

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Side events

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Bringing WOAH Standards closer to the user – improving accessibility and engagement

Learn about the new WOAH Standards Navigation Tool, designed to revolutionise how you access WOAH Standards on the WOAH website. The new Tool will provide a modern interface to display and search WOAH International Standards (Terrestrial CodeAquatic CodeTerrestrial Manual and Aquatic Manual) and also includes the ability to visualise recommendations for safe international trade by commodity.

Come and see the new Tool and also learn about how WOAH’s Standards are developed and how you can participate, as well as the latest developments in this process. Bring your curiosity and any questions.


Discovering STAR-IDAZ IRC: Leading the Way in Animal Health Research

Opening Dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May 2024

The STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium brings together different research funders and stakeholders from over 50 countries, united in the mission to accelerate the development of disease control tools and strategies for enhancing animal health.

Discover STAR-IDAZ research priority areas, latest activities and opportunities for collaboration. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to shape the future of veterinary science! Join us at the STAR-IDAZ IRC stand and contribute to the advancement of animal health on a global scale.


New Disease Status Management Platform (DSMP) – Annual Reconfirmation of official status

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Learn more about the newly developed Disease Status Management Platform (DSMP), especially the Annual Reconfirmation component launched in November 2023. The Status Department will share information on the ongoing developments of the DSMP and guide Members in navigating the DSMP to take full advantage of the functionalities offered.

At the DSMP stand, Members will also be able to share their experience using the Annual Reconfirmation Component of the DSMP and learn more about the new annual reconfirmation form for BSE. For Members wishing to have a one-on-one session, please contact the Status Department ([email protected]) by 7 May 2024.


The AMR Street – collective progress & actions to curb AMR

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

To curb antimicrobial resistance (AMR) collaboration across sectors, at global, regional and national levels, among private and public entities, all together, is essential. The AMR Street will provide you with information on:

  • The AMR Multi-Stakeholders Partnership Platform, a global and inclusive forum created by Quadripartite partners
  • Priority actions to close the gaps in animal health, in light of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on AMR to be held at the 79th UN General Assembly in September 2024
  • WOAH’s activities facilitating the implementation of WOAH’s AMR Strategy by Members (i.e., ANIMUSE System, AMR actions in aquatic animals, alert system for substandard and falsified veterinary medicines, etc.)
  • Specific actions to promote responsible use of antimicrobials in companion animals, in close partnership with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

WOAH Regions

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Explore further into the activities of WOAH’s regional offices. The team will open space for interactive discussions, allowing Members delve deeper into the support that WOAH offers. In addition, this stand will provide an opportunity to share some engaging pieces of regional history and culture, through an interactive exchange.


Publications, documentation and archives

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

As part of WOAH’s centenary programme, the Publications, documentation and archives stand will showcase WOAH’s flagship publications, provide more information about the Documentary Portal, historical archives, the cross-functional archiving approach adopted over the last year and the comprehensive work being carried out to preserve the Organisation’s Memory.


PVS and Training: WOAH Capacity Building System

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Identify means and tools to strengthen Members’ capacities to implement international standards for animal health and welfare.

  • Discover new initiatives such as PVS Information System (PVS IS), Community Animal Health Workers guidelines & eLearning modules.
  • Book a bilateral meeting to explore Public-Private Partnerships, One Health, Sustainable Laboratories, Development, or Legislation.
  • Explore the future of veterinary training: dive into WOAH’s new, engaging eLearning modules, where learning meets innovation.
  • Sign up for a discussion group to express your needs and next steps towards empowering your VS.

Rabies

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Find out more about available tools and resources that can support in developing and implementing national strategic plans for rabies control.


Discover, Learn, Act: Wildlife Health

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Discover more on the wildlife health framework and the importance of addressing wildlife health/biodiversity loss, WOAH’s actions related to this, and what the next 100 years should hold.


WAHIS: World Animal Health Information System

Opening dates: Monday 27 May to Thursday 30 May

Visit the WAHIS stand to learn about WAHIS and WAHIAD’s activities and the benefits of connecting to WAHIS. At the WAHIS stand, our team will:

  • reinforce the key messages of why, what, when, where, and how to report.
  • showcase the improved functionalities of WAHIS, the business tool.
  • highlight the various user support and training options currently available.
  • explain the next steps in WAHIS development (Six-Monthly Report module, Annual Report module, ADIS-WAHIS interconnection).
  • capture feedback from reporting and consulting users of WAHIS.
  • update stakeholders on progress with the interim solution for annual reporting of non-listed diseases of wildlife (WAHIS-WILD Beta).

Side events

Meeting of the Regional Commission for the Americas

Date: Sunday 26 May, 9am
Venue: Room 251

BIO-PREVAIL – A health security initiative for sustainable laboratories

Date: Monday 27 May, 9am
Venue: Room 233

Fully functional diagnostic laboratories play a critical role in global efforts to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, but such facilities are often unsustainable due to high costs and technology barriers.

BIO-PREVAIL aims to generate innovative solutions for labs to be operated in low-resource environments, with the objective of meaningfully and sustainably strengthening global health security.

Tackling Agro-crime: Bringing Veterinary Services and Law Enforcement together

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 262

This side event aims to engage Members in discussions on agro-crime. Through engaging discussions, the event will raise more awareness about agro-crime and its implications.

The interactive one-hour session will provide a platform to explore the challenges and experiences of Members regarding agro-crime while also gathering valuable feedback from Members to improve strategies for combating agro-crime.


19th Advisory Committee of the WOAH World Fund

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 251

GF-TADs 14th Global steering committee

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Petit Amphitheatre


During this side event, the GF-TADs HPAI Strategy will be presented. The event will open space for discussions about its future implementation and governance.

High-level addresses will be exchanged regarding the GF-TADs mechanism, which was initiated 20 years ago. We will also discuss recommendations from the previous sessions of GF-TADs Steering Committee held on 30 April and 7 May.

Implementation of WOAH standards on zoning: an overview of the Observatory’s work

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 201

Does zoning have an impact on disease control? Are WOAH standards on zoning implemented? How are disease-free zones recognised by trade partners?
Come over to discover and discuss the findings of the Observatory’s first thematic study on zoning.

A panel will first outline the background around WOAH standards, zoning and the Observatory. Then, key elements of the zoning thematic study will be presented: an overview of the descriptive report and the exclusive results of the analysis of the factors influencing zone recognition by trade partners.


PVS Pathway Information System (PVS IS) training for Members – English

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 232

This side event will be conducted in English.

What trends exist from the past 18 years of the PVS Pathway? How has my country’s performance changed since our engagement in the PVS Pathway? On what recommendations should we focus for our country’s VS investment case?

Step into the PVS IS to find out how to use PVS data, insights, and dashboards contained therein to support VS efforts to develop investment cases and strategic plans for performance maintenance and improvement. The training will focus on Members’ views and tools.

PVS Pathway Information System (PVS IS) training for Members – Spanish

Date: Monday 27 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 234

This side event will be conducted in Spanish.

Step into the PVS IS to find out how to use PVS data, insights, and dashboards contained therein to support VS efforts to develop investment cases and strategic plans for performance maintenance and improvement. The training focus on Members’ views and tools.

Meeting of the Global Coordination Committee for ASF

Date: Tuesday 28 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 262



PVS Pathway Information System (PVS IS) training for Partners – English

Date: Tuesday 28 May, 12:30pm
Venue: Room 232

This side event will be conducted in English.

What trends exist from the past 18 years of the PVS Pathway?  How has global performance changed over WOAH Members’ engagement in the PVS Pathway?  On what recommendations, strengths and weaknesses should partners and donors focus for investment in the Veterinary Services? 

Step into the PVS IS to find out how to use PVS data, insights, and dashboards contained therein to support VS efforts to develop investment cases and projects for performance maintenance and improvement. The training will focus on Partners’ views and tools.

Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Veterinary Services

Date: Wednesday 29 May, 1pm
Venue: Room 251


WOAH values and encourages public and private stakeholders’ participation in its activities, including standard setting and implementation, sharing of best practices and guidelines development, training, response guidance, and improving veterinary services. WOAH has been working actively to build its Members’ partnership capacity by producing PPP guidelines, a Database, e-learning courses, and PPP Targeted Support.

Be part of an exciting brainstorming exercise alongside public and private stakeholders from national, regional, and global organizations, and help shape the future of PPPs.

PVS Information System (PVS IS) training for Members – Russian

Date: Wednesday 29 May, 1pm
Venue: Room 232

This side event will be conducted in Russian only.



Understanding the value of WAHIS data

Date: Wednesday 29 May, 1pm
Venue: Room 233

The WAHIS/WAHIAD team will deliver a one-hour interactive session highlighting value of animal health data published on the WAHIS public interface, within the context of the Quadripartite and One Health.

This session is open to consulting and reporting users of WAHIS. By explaining the why, what, when, where, and how of WAHIS reporting, our team will increase the impact of WAHIS data and contribute to strengthening WOAH and WAHIS as the global authority on animal health data for listed diseases.

PVS Pathway Information System training for Members – French

Date: Thursday 30 May, 1pm
Venue: Room 69

This side event will be conducted in French.

What trends exist from the past 18 years of the PVS Pathway? How has my country’s performance changed since our engagement in the PVS Pathway? On what recommendations should we focus for our country’s VS investment case? Step into the PVS IS to find out how to use PVS data, insights, and dashboards contained therein to support VS efforts.

Venue 

The 91st General Session will take place at Maison de la Chimie located at 28 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France.

How to reach the Conference venue  

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Metro Line 8 Invalides
MetroLine 12Assemblée
Nationale
MetroLine 13 Invalides
RERLine CEsplanade
des Invalides 
BusBus 69Esplanade
des Invalides
BusBus 93Invalides

Sanitary measures at the Conference venue 

According to the current French regulations, mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in establishments open to the public but continues to be recommended in enclosed and small spaces, and at large gatherings.

Based on the above information, wearing a mask will not be mandatory to access Maison de la Chimie, but a limited stock of masks and self-service hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be available on-site, for emergency cases. We invite all guest to assess their own health status and take the right measure in case of any risk of contamination and safety.


Plan your stay 

Travel requirements 

Attendees are responsible to check and comply with any local sanitary measures at the time of the event.  

The following links: diplomatie.gouv.fr and the Interior Ministry website are provided for informational purposes only.

Visa  

All attendees are responsible to enquire the relevant visa(s) to reach and leave the French territory and make the necessary arrangements to obtain it/them for the full round trip.  

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking visa application, attendees can log on to France-Visas, France’s official visa site. Attendees are strongly recommended to start their visa procedure as soon as possible in order to have enough time to obtain it. 

Accommodation 

All participants are responsible for making their hotel reservations in Paris and covering relevant costs.   

Airport Transfer 

Getting to or leaving Paris airports by Taxi

Getting to or leaving Paris airports by Public Transport 


Food options around The Maison de la Chimie

Sandwiches Shop

MAISON PRADIER
6 rue de Bourgogne, 75007
Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0145517836
8am – 6pm
closed on week-end

LA PARISIENNE
85 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0145518877
6.30am – 8pm
closed on Sunday

Small restaurants for eating on site or takeaway

BELLOTA-BELLOTA TOUR EIFFEL
18 rue Jean Nicot, 75007 Paris.
Tel:
(+33) 0153599696
10am – 11.30pm
closed on Sunday

FUN SUSHI
28 rue de Surcouf, 75007 Paris.
Tel:
(+33) 0140501030
11am – 3pm,
6pm – 11pm
closed on Sunday noon

AUX DUCS DE BOURGOGNE (crêperie)
30 rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris.
Tel:
(+33) 0698099246
11.30am – 3pm,
7pm – 10pm
closed on
week-ends

LA MEDITA
24 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0143067727
From Monday to Thursday, and Saturdays: 12am-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Fridays: 12am-3pm,
6.30pm-10.30pm
closed on Sundays


LA MAISON ITALIENNE
22 rue Jean Nicot, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0145517293
10.30am – 8pm
closed on Sundays

Pubs

AU CANON DES INVALIDES
54 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.
Tel:
(+33) 0147054868
7am – 11pm and 8am – 11pm on Saturday
closed on Sunday

LA POULE AU POT
121 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris. Tel:
(+33) 0147051636
8am – 10.30pm
10am – 4pm on Saturdays 
closed on Sundays

AU PETIT TONNEAU
20 rue de Surcouf, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0147050901
12am – 2.30pm and 7pm – 10.15pm

Business Lunches or Dinners

AUGUSTE (Michelin star restaurant)
54 rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris. Tel: (+33) 0145516109
12pm – 2pm and 7.30pm – 10pm
closed on week-ends

GARANCE (Michelin star restaurant)
34 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris. Tel: (+33) 0145552756
12.15pm – 1.30pm and
7.30pm – 8.45pm
closed on week-ends

CHEZ FRANCOISE
Aérogare des Invalides, 75007 Paris. Tel: (+33) 0147054903
11.30am – 3pm and 7pm – 11pm

MON SQUARE
31 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris. Tel: (+33) 0186640606
12pm – 1am

DAVID TOUTAIN (Michelin star restaurant)
29 rue de Surcouf, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0145501110
12pm – 2.30pm and 8pm – 10pm / 12.30pm – 10pm on Monday
closed on Wednesday noon and week-end

LE BASILIC
2 rue Casimir Perier, 75007 Paris.
Tel: (+33) 0144189464
12pm – 3pm and 7pm – 2am

Working Documents

Administrative Reports


Financial Reports


Draft Resolutions


For any questions, please contact

General Session Secretariat

[email protected]