The International Poultry Council has opened registration for its second-semester 2013 meeting, set for October 10-12 at the InterContinental hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the World Trade Organization and the World Health Organization.

Confirmed speakers include Roberto Azevedo of Brazil, who is the recently elected designee to serve as director general of the World Trade Organization; Gary Johnson, senior director of worldwide supply chain at McDonald's Corp.; Dr. Nan-Dirk Mulder, associate director for commodities at Rabobank; Gretchen Stanton, secretary of the World Trade Organization Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Dr. Alejandro Thiermann, president of the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission of the World Organization for Animal Health.

Also, Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, program manager at the World Health Organization, has been invited to speak at the meeting, which will attract leaders from poultry organizations from all over the world.

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The International Poultry Council has been officially recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Codex Alimentarius Commission as the single organization representing the global poultry production industry.

Members of the International Poultry Council will provide regulatory updates on issues pending before the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Codex, and will give presentations on the status of the poultry industries in their individual countries.

Online registration for the meeting is available at the International Poultry Council website. Registration is $570 per person, and the InterContinental has granted a special International Poultry Council hotel room rate for attendees.