OIE: The World Assembly of Delegates
The World Assembly meets once a year and is the highest authority of the OIE, comprising of delegates from all Member Countries.
Voting by delegates within the Assembly respects the democratic principle of 'one country, one vote'.
The main functions of the Assembly are:
- to adopt international standards in the field of animal health, especially for international trade;
- to adopt resolutions on the control of the major animal diseases;
- to elect the members of the governing bodies of the OIE, as well as the members of the Specialist Commissions;
- to appoint the Director General of the OIE;
- to examine and approve the annual report of activities and the financial report of the Director General and the annual budget of the OIE.
In addition, during the General Session, two technical items of general interest are dealt by speakers chosen for their specialist knowledge, and the animal health situation worldwide is presented in summary form with additional information provided by each Member Country.
During the General Session, delegates have an opportunity to meet in their respective Regional Commissions to discuss problems of common interest and organisations with 'Memorandum of Cooperation' with OIE are invited to present their credentials to the delegates.