CMC-AH achieves milestones at 11th Steering Committee Meeting

CMC-AH achieves milestones at 11th Steering Committee Meeting


The Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health (CMC-AH) conducted its 11th Steering Committee Meeting (SCM) on 14 November at FAO headquarters with attendance of more than 25 senior representatives of FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and representatives of key partners from Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

The SCM is the CMC-AH’s annual high-level meeting gathering collaborating organizations and resource partners to review achievements, discuss challenges, and provide strategic advice and recommendations. This year marked a turning point as the CMC-AH presented a new vision in a proposed Five-Year Strategic Action Plan (2018–2022).

This year’s meeting reflected achievements of major milestones. The FAO and OIE announced the exchange of letters pledging a commitment to the CMC-AH to expand collaboration at all stages of emergency management (preparedness, prevention, detection, response and recovery), in addition to crisis rapid response – as has been the practice for the last 11 years. The SCM recommended to change the name of the CMC-AH to the Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH) to better reflect the new, holistic role in all stages of emergency management. The SCM supported the proposed five-year Strategic Action Plan and recommended that FAO move forward to finalize it. The plan should be finalized in early 2018 for implementation. Other recommendations included the expansion of collaborative networks and stakeholder engagement; and contribution of expertise in support of animal health aspects of FAO Level 3Emergency Responses.

During the opening remarks, Dr Berhe Tekola, Director of FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division, stressed that transboundary animal diseases, including zoonoses, continue to threaten human and animal wellbeing with detrimental effects on food security, food safety, animal health, human health, livelihoods, national economies and global markets – affecting poor and vulnerable communities the most. He emphasized the need for the CMC-AH to engage in strengthening the overall emergency management capacity of developing countries to address national and global health risks.

Mr Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, highlighted the importance of maintaining the CMC-AH as a joint technical and operational platform to support FAO’s work in preparing for and responding to disasters and crises that threaten agriculture, food security and nutrition, and in building resilience capacities to food chain crises. Serving as SCM co-chairs were Madame Bolortuya Purevsuren, former Chief Veterinary Officer  of Mongolia, and Mr Paolo Dalla Villa, Head of Human-Animal Relationship and Animal Welfare of the Laboratory Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G. Caporale", Teramo (IZSAM).

Key activities and achievements since the 10th SCM were presented, including joint FAO-OIE-WHO activities with the CMC-AH and foreseen areas of collaboration. Feedback on the proposed Strategic Action Plan – intended to advance and modernize the new EMC-AH was gathered around the six goals of the Strategic Action Plan using the model “world café” to allow participants to become familiar with the plan and provide inputs on the proposed goals, objectives and activities for the next five years.

Dr Juan Lubroth, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer, closed the meeting highlighting the dependency on the human and financial resources for implementation of the Strategic Action Plan. He thanked the SCM members and partners for their continuous support and commitment to the new vision of the EMC-AH.