10 October 2017, Rome – The European Union is joining FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in a global campaign to eradicate Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) - also known as sheep and goat plague - a highly contagious and devastating viral animal disease that causes major losses in regions home to millions of the world's poorest people.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, agreed yesterday to host in Brussels, during the first semester of 2018, a PPR pledging conference that will serve as a forum for countries to mobilize national investments and to confirm political engagements, and for donor’s community to commit in supporting the PPR Global Eradication Programme.
Commissioner Mimica made the announcement during a meeting today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and OIE Director-General Monique Eloit.
PPR Eradication will contribute to food security and nutrition, poverty alleviation, and strengthening resilience of the poorest people. It will play a key role in reaching SDGs targets.