The new Director General of the OIE presents her New Year’s greetings to the press for 2016
On 13th January, Dr Monique Eloit, the new OIE's DG presented the guidelines that will drive the work of the OIE during the next five years, within the framework of the Sixth Strategic Plan
Paris, 13 January 2016 – Elected in May 2015 by the World Assembly of OIE Delegates, Dr Monique Eloit took up her position as Director General of the OIE on 1 January this year for a five-year term (2016–2020), succeeding Dr Bernard Vallat. Dr Eloit will guide the future direction of the Organisation from the OIE’s Headquarters in Paris, overseeing the work of the various departments there and of the Organisation’s 13 Regional and Sub-regional Representations throughout the world.
Veterinary surgeon and general inspector of Veterinary Public Health, the seventh Director General of the OIE has also held the positions of director to the Director General of the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa), and Chief Veterinary Officer and French Delegate to the OIE, before becoming OIE Deputy Director General, in charge of administration, management, human resources and regional activities.
“My aim is to raise both the visibility and the performance of the OIE,” Dr Eloit stressed during her presentation. “On the one hand, and with the involvement of the Delegates, we will strengthen our control over animal diseases, including zoonoses; while on the other; develop new partnerships and collaborations in the areas of public health and food safety. In particular, I give high priority to improving animal health in livestock production, which contributes significantly to sustainable socio-economic development in the livestock sector, notably in the world’s poorest countries.”
Dr Eloit promised that the Organisation and its operations will evolve and adapt to the changing demands of our time and society’s expectations. She then presented the OIE’s Sixth Strategic Plan, which covers the period from 2016 to 2020, emphasising that the OIE will continue to rely on the most recent scientific advances as the foundation of its work and to ensure the rapid dissemination of the most effective methods for the prevention and control of animal diseases in its Member Countries.
Dr Eloit gave detailed examples as she discussed the priority areas of work which will enable the Organisation to achieve its three strategic objectives over the next few years, namely:
- To improve animal health and welfare by appropriate risk management, through the continuous development and timely updating of the OIE’s scientific standards, recommendations and guidelines, while ensuring the excellence of the scientific expertise on which these standards and guidelines are based.
- To strengthen trust through transparency and communication, in order to capitalise on and disseminate technical knowledge and expertise. In this context, access to the wide range of information available through the World Animal Health Information Service (WAHIS) will be improved and made easier, and communication tools will be updated and diversified.
- To build the capacity of Veterinary Services and strengthen the sustainability of their activities by providing more pro-active support to Member Countries, notably through the various steps of the PVS Pathway and by involving the OIE in the analysis of health emergencies, alongside its partner institutions, the FAO and WHO.
It is through the implementation of the Sixth Strategic Plan that the OIE continues its commitment to improve the quality of Veterinary Services, since these are the cornerstones of an effective world health system – which is essential if we are to meet the challenges facing our planet. In short, the work programme for 2016 to 2020 is aimed at promoting excellence, transparency and solidarity in modern animal health governance.