Health and Agriculture Ministers from throughout the Americas have scheduled a high-level meeting July 21-22 in Paraguay to discuss food safety, the control of diseases transmitted from animals to humans, antimicrobial resistance, and other "One Health" issues related to public health and veterinary public health. Ministers of Agriculture and of Health will meet at the 17th Inter-American Ministerial Meeting on Health and Agriculture (RIMSA 17).
July 21-22, 2016
Asunción, Paraguay — Sheraton Asunción Hotel, Aviadores Del Chaco, 2066
In person for the opening and the panel sessions (see agenda)
Or online: events will be broadcast live in both English and Spanish
Ministers of Agriculture and of Health, representatives of food producers and consumers, and international organizations. The meeting is organized by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
RIMSA is the most important forum in the Americas for defining veterinary public health policies. Under the theme "One Health and Sustainable Development Goals," ministers will analyze veterinary public health issues in the fields of food safety, the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in the Americas and the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases. They will also discuss strengthening work on issues related to the animal-human health interface, which are essential to the mitigation and containment of the impact of antimicrobial resistance. The One Health approach, as the governance of the intersectoral, interprogrammatic and inter-disciplinary efforts, aims to promote and protect the health status of people, animals and the environment by cooperating on complex problems.
Two technical events will serve as preparation for the ministerial summit: the 13th Meeting of the Hemispheric Committee for the Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (COHEFA13, on 19 July) and the Seventh Meeting of the Pan-American Commission on Food Safety (COPAIA 7, on 20 July). All events will take place in Asuncion, Paraguay.
— COHEFA 1
— COPAIA 7
In Washington, DC: