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ASEAN-Australia-FAO strengthening regional coordination to avert pandemics of animal origin

27/10/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for better coordination to address and minimise the negative impacts of emerging infectious diseases. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is taking a step forward to ensure greater preparedness and resilience through stronger regional cooperation among its Member States and partners.

Pandemic lessons result to technical assistance project

With funding from the Australian Government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is helping ASEAN to strengthen regional mechanisms to address animal and zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential. ASEAN today announced the launching of the ASEAN-Australia-FAO regional technical assistance project during the forty-third ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meeting.

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP) will be implementing the AUD 2.9 million project through its Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases. The two-year project will streamline coordination for more effective regional pandemic responses and enhance animal health capacity building in the region.