30th Regional Conference Catania. Italy, October 2022 - Programme


Dear Delegates and Guests of the 30th Regional Conference for Europe, on this page you may find an Agenda of the Conference (updated 10.08.2022). Downloadable versions in English and French are at the bottom of the page.

World Organisation for Animal Health

30th Conference of the Regional Commission for Europe
Catania, Sicily, Italy, 3 – 7 October 2022




Welcome cocktail offered by Italy



09:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration of participants
10:00 a.m. SIDE EVENT FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS TO THE CONFERNECE: Seminar on Aquatic Mammals (WOAH Collaborating Centre for Health of Marine Mammals)
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. SIDE EVENT: 20th GF-TADs Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever (Chairperson: Dr Bernard Van-Goethem, EU SANTE)
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. SIDE EVENT: 20th GF-TADs Standing Group of Experts on African SwineFever (cont) (Chairperson: Dr Bernard Van-Goethem, EU SANTE)
6:00 p.m. End of the Session
7:30 p.m. Buffet diner



9:00 a.m. Opening ceremony
9:45 a.m. Group Photo / Break
10:15 a.m. Approval of the Agenda and Programme (Dr Maris Balodis, President of the Regional Commission and Delegate of Latvia)
Appointment of the Conference Committee (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and General Rapporteur)
Appointment of sessions’ chairpersons and rapporteurs (Technical items and Animal Health Situation)
10:30 a.m. WOAH: Improving animal health globally to ensure a better future for all (Dr Monique Eloit, WOAH Director General)
11:00 a.m. Discussion
11:15 a.m. Special Address from his Excellency the Ambassador Carlos Cherniak, Chair on the of the COAG livestock Subcommittee (TBC)
11:25 a.m. The Regional Commission for Europe: activities, priorities, and needs assessment (Dr Maris Balodis, President of the Regional Commission for Europe and Delegate of Latvia, and Dr Ulrich Herzog, Vice President of The Regional Commission for Europe and Delegate of Austria) 
11:50 a.m. Discussion
12:00 p.m. Presentation from the host country
12:30 p.m. Posters Session
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Technical item I (with questionnaire): Long distance transport of live animals: WOAH’s standards and best practices including societal perception and communication aspects (Dr Daniela Morelli, Head of the Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health Department, IZS)
2:45 p.m. Discussion
3:15 p.m. Break Preparation of Recommendation No. 1 by a designated small group
3:45 p.m. Observatory: Evidence-based approach to address Members’ needs and encourage the implementation of international standards (Dr Laure Weber-Vintzel, Programme manager, Observatory)
4:15 p.m. End of the Session
3:45 p.m. SIDE EVENT: 10th Regional Steering Committee of GF-TADs for Europe (Chairperson: Dr Bernard Van Goethem, EU SANTE)
6:00 p.m. End of the Session
7:30 p.m. Official Dinner hosted by WOAH



9:00 a.m. Analysis of the Animal Health Situation in Member Countries in the Region during 2021/2022 (Dr Lina Awanda, Veterinary Epidemiologist, World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department)
9:40 a.m. Discussion
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Technical item II (without questionnaire): Vaccination against HPAI (Prof. Ian Brown, Head of Virology at APHA, Chairperson of OFFLU)
11:15 a.m. Discussion
12:00 a.m. LunchPreparation of Recommendation No. 2 by designated small group
1:45 p.m. One Health Session
1:50 p.m. Keynote presentation: Global Quadripartite, Joint Plan of Action (Dr Chadia Wannous, Senior Specialist One Health)
2:15 p.m. Operationalization of One Health Regional Mechanism for Europe: remarks by Regional Representatives of FAO, UNEP, WHO, and WOAH
3:15 p.m. General discussions on One Health
3:45 p.m. Sicily One Health Prevention Plan (Dr Pietro Schembri)
4:00 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Discussion of Recommendations No. 1 and No. 2
5:30 p.m. Proposal of date and venue of the 31st Conference of the Regional Commission for Europe (Dr Maris Balodis)
5:45 p.m. End of the Session
7:30 p.m. Official dinner hosted by Italy



Cultural visit organised by Italy



9:00 a.m. Revision of the Terrestrial Code – Key topics of the cycle 2022-2023 for the Europe Region (with focus on BSE, Rabies, AMR) (Dr Etienne Bonbon, President of the Terrestrial Code Commission)
9:45 a.m. Digitalization of Veterinary Services Experiences and best practices: Italy, Georgia, Montenegro, WOAH Data Management Working Group
10:30 a.m. Discussion
10:45 a.m. Veterinary Paraprofessionals and Workforce Development: experience from projects in Europe, Africa, and Middle East (Dr Barbara Alessandrini,Head of the Capacity-Building Department, Dr Mereke Taitubayev, Sub-Regional Representative for Central Asia)
11:30 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Adoption of the Draft Final Report, Recommendations No.1, and Recommendations No.2
12:30 p.m. Closing ceremony


Downloadable version

Provisional Programme
Provisional Programme

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Programme Previsoire
Programme Previsoire

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Seminar on Aquatic Mammals Agenda
Seminar on Aquatic Mammals Agenda

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