The “Global Program – Transboundary Animal Diseases” (GF-TADs) is a joint initiative of the OIE and FAO that combines the strength of both organizations in the fight against transboundary animal diseases around the world.

The agreement is administered by a Global Steering Committee, with the participation of WHO. It is implemented regionally by five Regional Steering Committees (Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East). The OIE Regional Representation in Buenos Aires is in charge of the administration of the Permanent Secretariat of the Committee for the Americas.

The ultimate purpose of the Program is the control and eradication of the most significant animal diseases, including those transmissible to humans.
The initiative was signed between both organizations on May 24, 2004 in Paris, France, and may be downloaded here (PDF).

In the Americas, the first Regional Steering Committee Meeting was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) from April 14 to 15, 2005.