News Alert: Adoption of Hanoi Declaration at IMCAPI Hanoi 2010

It is our pleasure to announce that the Government of Viet Nam will host the 7th International Ministerial Conference on ‘Animal and Pandemic Influenza: The Way Forward’ (IMCAPI Ha Noi 2010) from 19 to 21 April 2010 in Ha Noi.

This global event is being organized by the Government of Viet Nam in coordination with the European Union and the United States of America, with the support of the UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) and key international agencies in animal and human health: the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the World Health Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam has been assigned to lead the organization of the IMCAPI Hanoi 2010.

Over the last four years, various high-level international conferences have been held to provide a platform to share experiences, identify challenges, develop solutions and provide support to respond to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and prepare for a possible pandemic.

IMCAPI Ha Noi 2010 is expected to set a new global milestone by providing a way forward on animal and pandemic influenza, and endorsing the need for further international collaboration to address emerging health threats arising at the interface between animals, humans and our changing environment.

The conference is expected to bring together over 700 key stakeholders including Ministers of Agriculture (or Livestock) and Ministers of Health from over a hundred countries, and leaders from a range of regional and international organizations.

IMCAPI Ha Noi 2010 will assess global progress in controlling Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (caused by the virus H5N1) and propose a series of next steps to further reduce and potentially eradicate this serious threat.

The conference will also review the global response to the current influenza pandemic (caused by the virus A/H1N1) and the state of global pandemic preparedness. It will propose areas for future attention to further enhance our collective capacity to respond quickly to significant health events.

Lastly, and most importantly, the conference will build on the extensive knowledge that has been gained through our responses to influenza H5N1 and pandemic H1N1 and propose a way forward to strengthen protection from all emerging health threats of animal origin though the development of efficient, sustainable and integrated systems. Ministers will discuss and reach an agreement on a consensus Ministerial Statement that will guide future cooperation and coordination among countries and international organizations in 2010 and beyond.

Further details of the conference agenda, programme and logistics will be published on this website shortly.

Dr. Cao Duc Phat
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development