UN CONVENTION ON ANIMAL HEALTH AND PROTECTION
"UN Convention on Animal Health and Protection UNCAHP" – Draft of a Framework Convention on Animal Health and Protection at the UN General Assembly.
UNCAHP is the global far-reaching project of GAL. To date, animal protection does not appear in the UN agenda. Therefore, GAL calls upon the UN to adopt a convention on animal protection.
GAL position is that:
- Anchoring animal protection in the UN is a central condition to achieve a better welfare for all animals and their health worldwide.
- All interaction with healthy animals should be carried out with dignity and recognition of their intrinsic value.
GAL Founder and President, Antoine F. Goetschel, together with Sabine Brels, PhD in Law and former head of the GAL UNCAHP Project (2014 – Feb. 2021), and other GAL experts having key backgrounds in international animal law and animal welfare, have drafted the UN Convention on Animal Health and Protection (UNCAHP). The finished UNCAHP draft contains all important points for a considerable increase of the worldwide level of animal protection in the pillars of legislation, law enforcement and education in national and global animal law.
This UN Convention proposal can prevent, for example, shifts to animal-unfriendly practices in some countries, which can be prohibited in more protective countries.
The UN Convention covers animal protection in a wide-sense, including animal welfare and animal health. This enables a broad support from veterinarians and animal scientists, knowing that UNCAHP is endorsing the One Health/One Welfare approach. Furthermore, the draft takes into account the local and national conditions as well as their implications. It also allows cultural differences as far as animal welfare is considered.
Within the framework of the GAL campaign for the global protection of animals, the ministries of foreign affairs represents the States to support UNCAHP at the UN.
In 2019 GAL was able to bridge the gap between the UNCAHP and the UN. GAL has expanded its network of relationships and is in contact with various lobbying partners and other important personalities working in connection with the UN. The UN system and main ways to brings UNCAHP to the UN general assembly are also key analysis in GAL strategy.
In 2020, the next steps are to get UNCAHP known in the general media, get the support of influencial organizations and strenthening GAL collaboration with targets groups. In the first and second quarter of 2020, GAL could also work in the targeted public relations with media, government agencies, institutions and co-creators worldwide.
As a further step, UNCAHP will be submitted to the UN in accordance with GAL roadmap and the UN agenda, according to the findings on the optimal procedures identified by the end of 2020. GAL is also part of the UN Major Group involved in the UN discussion and contribute with highly qualified expert opinions in oder to propose key solutions. Here, the assistance and cooperation of GAL network partners could be counted on, such as the International Policy Forum (IPF) some of whom have a direct access to the UN and its related committees.
Furthermore, the social movement for animal protection is increasing in all continents, and it is gaining other states than just animal-friendly states. Careful and objective campaigns will be aimed at raising the national level of animal protection worldwide.
At that time, all States will be call upon to support UNCAHP as The global convention for animal protection.
Even though the legal situation is complex, the willingness to take action within the UN is awakening. GAL position is that it is crucial to give due consideration to the actual welfare of animals through the law, as an important issue per se, which can be fully find its place in the UN priority of the sustainable development goals.
Two important pillars for the UNCAHP project are the GALFI and the GAL Info & Service Hub.
- GALFI collects, analyses and compares the animal welfare information of 193 countries and afterwards submits concrete proposals to improve the leval of animal welfare protection in the various countries.
- The GAL Info and Service Hub is a comprehensive information and service platform on the topic of "Animals in Law"; in this way GAL wants to promote the exchange between the different co-creators and ensure the transfer of knowledge between the expert teams. The high-quality information, the presentation of project progress by country and the concrete suggestions for improvement and comparison form the basis for the success of the UNCAHP project.