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OIE COMMUNICATION SEMINAR TERAMO 14th-15th DECEMBER 2006 CONSIDERING THAT - The OIE international Committee voted in May 2001 Resolution n° XXI on the “role of communication management in assisting Veterinary Services” - This Resolution recommends on its article 7 that the OIE provide support to Member Counties - The worldwide focus on animal health issues leads to an increased demand for accurate and scientifically-based opinion and information on animal diseases events, including zoonoses, - The regulation for the control of animal diseases in international trade of animals and animal products calls for accountability of national veterinary services and competent authorities, towards the public, - The transparency and quality of communication and information management, in particular in crisis situations, are issues of national and international strategic significance, - The development of information and communication technologies contribute to improving the functioning and the acceptance of the scientific, technical and operational output of Veterinary Services, - Member Countries and the OIE must have access to adequate human, technical and financial resources in order to manage information and communication at the national and international level and methodological training in this field is indispensable, PARTICIPANTS OF THE SEMINAR RECOMMEND THAT 1. The promotion and management of communication become one of the priorities of Veterinary Services, particularly for spreading information on epidemiosurveillance systems, risk management, emergency response activities, compensation mechanisms as well as information and involvement of all stakeholders. 2. The OIE support all Member Countries including developing countries to strengthen their communication capacities within the Veterinary Services in order to respond to national and international demands 3. Member Countries assess their needs and their human, technical and financial potential available to develop information and communication systems to respond to both crisis situations and routine requirements. 4. Member Countries provide adequate budgetary support for specific communication objectives of Veterinary Services. 5. Member Countries communication teams liaise with OIE and other relevant international organisations, on specific events requiring coordination in information dissemination and/or communication management. 6. The OIE provide Member Countries with the design of communication and information strategies. 7. Member Countries augment their capacity to make information available to the international media, thereby strengthening Veterinary Services public image as a credible and authoritative source of information on events relating to animal health and public health when relevant. 8. Member Countries encourage the authorities responsible for the initial and continuing training of veterinarians to include information and communication management as part of the training curriculum for veterinarians and veterinary staff administration.
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