In the current context of increased animal protein demand, a rise in ecological instability and globalised movements of people, animals and products, improving animal health and welfare worldwide has become a prerequisite to face challenges of the future in a safer way. Animal health and welfare should be two cornerstones of a global transition to sustainable, responsible and efficient livestock production models.
Hundreds of millions of people still depend on their livestock for income, directly linking animal production to their livelihood. However experts estimate that each year up to 20% production losses are attributed to animal diseases around the world. In addition, the society claims for a world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that meet the requirements of sustainability, climate stewardship and economic efficiency likewise.
The existence of animal health and welfare measures, transparency mechanisms and resilient animal health systems that allow development of countries, and prevention and control of animal diseases, is consequently more than ever essential to protect food safety and security, as well as human health, the economy and social well-being of populations.
|Dr. Monique Eloit||OIE Director General||World Organisation for Animal Health|
|Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis||Commissioner for Health and Food Safety||European Commission|
|Dr Javier Ernesto Suárez Hurtado||Executive Director General of the National Service for Agricultural Health and Food Safety||Ministry of Rural Development and Lands||Bolivia|
|Dr Christianne Bruschke||Chief Veterinary Officer||Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality||The Netherlands|
|Mr Vladimir Olegovich Rakhmanin||Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations||FAO|
|Dr Christiane Wolff||Counsellor, Agriculture and Commodities Division||World Trade Organization||Switzerland|
|Mrs Maty Ba Diao||Regional PRAPS Coordinator||CILSS Executive Secretariat||Burkina Faso|
|Dr Martin Cooke||International Head of Corporate Engagement||World Animal Protection||United Kingdom|
|Mr Ben Dellaert||Chairman||International Egg Commission||IEC- United Kingdom
High Level Panel hosted by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan
19 January 2018, City CUBE, Berlin
A High Level Ministerial Panel was organised by the European Commission at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. The event, hosted by the by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil HOGAN benefited from the participation of the Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, Zambia, Dora Siliya, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand, Damian O’ Connor, Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva and Jimmy Smith, Director General at ILRI, Nairobi, Kenia. Approximately 350 participants attended the event: politicians and researchers, agri-businesses and farmer’s organisations, international organisations and NGOs.
Broad areas of agreement:
|Peter Baader||European Commission – DG AGRI|
|Phil Hogan||Commissioner for Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development||European Commission|
|Jimmy Smith||General Director||International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi – Kenia|
|Prof. Dr. José Graziano da Silva||General Director||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
|Damien O’Connor||Minister of Agriculture||New Zealand|
|Dora Siliya||Minister of Agriculture Zambia||Zambia|