Our ambition for 2025
The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) is the global authority on animal health,
working across borders to improve animal health and welfare and to assist national Veterinary Services.
We do this by setting International Standards to support the safe trade of animals and animal products and improve the prevention and control of animal diseases. Additionally, we collate data to improve our knowledge of animal health situations worldwide.
Improving the sustainability of animal production is still one of the major objectives of WOAH.
Insufficient access to food, zoonoses and food-borne diseases still impact millions of people worldwide. With 18% of the world’s population engaged in animal husbandry or in the processing and marketing of animal-based foods, these people’s livelihoods and socio-economic status depend on the health of animals.
There have been global developments on climate change, food consumption patterns and animal welfare along with increasing expectations for more environmentally friendly animal production. These must be considered along with advances in science and technology and the need for increased cooperation to set out new targets.
WOAH must exercise its voice in global discussions on these issues, within frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, as these affect the socioeconomic balance of rural families and the sustainability of animal production systems.
Veterinary Services must be better prepared to respond to challenges that require wider knowledge and skills than those covered in veterinary schools.
With the support of its network of Reference Centres, WOAH helps implement change so that animal health services are equipped to respond the new challenges and expectations.
Global vision and a framework for action
in the development of international standards and the evaluation of the health status of Members
Better structured policies
and team mobilisation to implement global strategies,
to monitor the evolution of global diseases and improve the quality of shared information with the relaunch of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)
Strengthened and more successful partnerships
An internal restructuring of the Organisation
to better plan, deliver and report on our activities.
In preparing the 7th Strategic Plan, we engaged with our Members, partners and staff to define future expectations.
Together, we have prepared this plan with the aim of contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and together, we will rise to the challenge of implementing it.
Mission and Vision: Leadership in global health governance
WOAH’s mission is to foster global commitment to improve animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide. WOAH’s organisational culture is founded on recognising value in encouraging different perspectives and seeking opportunities to leverage diversity, while promoting fairness and inclusion, encouraging trust and instilling purpose in WOAH’s commitment to change.
This is done by fostering scientific excellence, independence, transparency, solidarity and partnership in an environment that delivers good governance and sets an example for proficient regulatory practices.
WOAH is committed to preserve a future where safe trade, public health, food security and sustainable socio-economic growth that support livelihoods, are improved. With this, the vision for WOAH in this Strategic Plan is to provide leadership in global animal health governance.
Provide leadership in global animal health governance. Improve animal health care and welfare worldwide and support global goals.
Safe and fair trade
Global food security and safety
Sustainable socioeconomic development
Promoting coordination of animal health and welfare
Fostering transparency in the animal disease situation worldwide
Support Veterinary Services to strengthen the governance of animal health systems
Developing international standards, guidelines and recommendations based on the best available evidence
COORDINATION OF GLOBAL FRAMEWORKS
Developing and supporting Veterinary Services in the implementation of global strategies and initiatives
Collecting, managing, analysing and giving access to health systems-related data, including real-time information on the state of animal health worldwide
SUSTAINABLE CAPACITY BUILDING
Engaging Veterinary Services through the PVS Pathway in assessment, strategic planning and capacity development
FACILITATION OF INTERNAL COLLABORATION
Communicating with and engaging WOAH stakeholders, including global experts, on anima health welfare, and veterinary public health issues
Five strategic objectives
WOAH strives to bring positive and impactful global change. In order to strengthen its leadership in global health governance WOAH has five strategic objectives to fulfil.
Objective: leveraging relevant scientific expertise to address multisectoral animal health and welfare issues
How is it being achieved? By reinforcing the scientific excellence of the Organisation, improving collaboration and broadening the Organisation’s approach to animal health systems.
Objective: implementing digital transformation through a WOAH Data Strategy.
How is it being achieved? By developing a Data Strategy and data governance framework to optimise data management, while improving accessibility and visibility of data for stakeholders.
Responding to Member’s Needs
Objective: drive a high level of support to WOAH Members
How is it being achieved? By monitoring the implementation of standards to ensure good and transparent regulatory practice and improve insights provided by PVS Pathway data. WOAH’s extensive network can maximise the delivery of support to members.
Collaboration with Partners
Objective: optimising cooperation with partners to better respond to global challenges
How is it being achieved? By developing the voice of WOAH in global policy dialogue, targeting collaboration for impact and to further promote the added value of WOAH as a partner.
Efficiency and Agility
Objective: being recognised as an efficient and agile organisation underpinned by modern internal processes and tools
How is it being achieved? By modernising WOAH through robust processes & tools and promote WOAH’s social and environmental responsibility
Read the full Seventh Strategic Plan
Annual Reports of activities
Annual Report 2022: The humans behind animal health
The veterinary workforce is crucial in protecting human livelihoods, reducing health risks and contributing to a balanced ecosystem. In 2022, we pursued our mission to help Members empower their veterinary workforce, for everyone’s benefit.