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Côte d'Ivoire bestows honours for fight to eradicate sheep and goat plague

FAO Director-General receives decoration from Prime Minster Daniel Kablan Duncan

2 April 2015, Abidjan – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today attended the opening of the Ministerial segment of the Conference for the eradication of the Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR).

During the course of the event the contribution by FAO and the OIE to wipe away the plague which affects sheep and goats was formally recognized by Côte d'Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan.

Some 20 ministers from Africa, the Near East and Asia where in attendance together with experts and representatives from the private sector, civil society, technical and resource partners. The conference was organized by FAO and OIE with the support of the Government of Côte d'Ivoire

Prime Minister Duncan in his opening speech stressed the importance of a strong partnership and rapid action to mitigate the disease. He said the event was an opportunity for the country to recognize the efforts made by FAO and OIE to eradicate PPR.

The Prime Minister elevated the FAO Director-General to the Grade of Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire while Dr Adama Diallo, a FAO staff member at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was elevated at the grade of Officer of the National Order for his role in creating the vaccine against PPR.

OIE Director General Bernard Vallat was also elevated to the grade of Officer of the National Order of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

“FAO is honoured to be part of the effort to eradicate PPR joining forces with OIE, governments, regional institutions, scientific experts and financial partners," Graziano da Silva said accepting the decoration.

"This award is recognition of FAO’s efforts to promote food security and nutrition and development. It is also the recognition of the joint work by FAO and OIE to fight, control and eradicate animal diseases such as Rinderpest and the Peste de Petits Ruminants," he concluded.