The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) was launched on May 24, 2004, the signing date of the “FAO-OIE GF-TADs general agreement”. GF-TADs is a joint initiative of FAO and OIE, with the expected participation of WHO for the zoonoses, to achieve the prevention, detection and control of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and in particular to address their original and global dimensions. The initiative combines the strengths of both international organizations to achieve agreed common objectives. GF-TADs is a facilitating mechanism which will endeavour to empower regional alliances in the fight against transboundary animal diseases (TADs), to provide for capacity building and to assist in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on regional priorities. At the Global level, the GF-TADs Global Steering Committee provide guidance on technical activities of global scope to be implemented by the GF-TADs Global Secretariat under the supervision and agreement of the GF-TADs Management Committee. The GF-TADs Global Steering Committee provide also strategic directions to the Regional Steering Committees for the definition of their annual or multi-annual Action Plans and facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the global and regional levels. The GF-TADs Regional Steering Committees ensure coordination of the activities at the regional level with the support of the GF-TADs Regional Secretariats who are hosted by the OIE Regional Representations. The GF-TADs Global Secretariat is hosted in FAO and works under the supervision of the GF-TADs Management Committee composed of FAO and OIE Members. All the proposals of the GF-TADs Global Secretariat must be agreed by the GF-TADs Management Committee before being implemented.