Any State, legal entity or group of organizations having or willing to have activities related to the One Health approach and to the prevention of zoonotic diseases can become a member of the PREZODE initiative.

Becoming and being a member is voluntary and free of charge.

The first step to apply for membership is to sign the PREZODE declaration of intent.

The PREZODE Secretariat will contact applicants who have signed the PREZODE declaration of intent to check their eligibility and to propose their membership for decision by the GA. Eligible applicants will automatically get the status of observers before endorsement of their membership by the annual GA meeting following their application.

PREZODE members agree to:

•    Support the goals of PREZODE,
•    Endorse its core values, as stated in the declaration of intent,
•    Express their agreement with the Terms of reference adopted by the Initiative,
•    Contribute to PREZODE’s goals with local, national, regional, and/or international activities,
•    Communicate about their activities and plans with PREZODE and its members,
•    Participate in knowledge-sharing and capacity-building activities,
•    Explore possibilities for cooperation and joint actions with other members.

Engagement and participation

•    Members are entitled and encouraged to:
•    Actively participate in general meetings and working groups, to initiate projects and networks, thereby contributing to PREZODE;
•    Share information and data made available through PREZODE platforms and the PREZODE website on the basis of bilateral or individual agreements established for this purpose;
•    Share information about research, monitoring, and operational activities supporting PREZODE’s goals;
•    Become ambassadors of PREZODE in networks, conferences and events related to its goals.

Membership of other initiatives, projects and programs

The PREZODE Initiative forms a network to facilitate and strengthen interactions across member organizations, including existing and future initiatives, projects and programs.
Becoming a member of PREZODE is in no way exclusive. Community building and synergies between projects, programs and initiatives are at the core of PREZODE.

Collaboration principles
Membership is based on mutual understanding and on the view that sharing contrasted viewpoints is essential for achieving PREZODE’s goals. By joining, members agree and commit to the following collaboration principles:
•    All members have equal rights and duties,
•    Collaboration among members is based on trust and absence of discrimination,
•    Meetings among members are held following Chatham House Rules, unless agreed otherwise,
•    Traditional, local, and indigenous peoples’ knowledge systems are respected,
•    Conflicts of interest are communicated with transparency as they arise.

Ending membership

A member may withdraw from PREZODE at any time by giving notice in writing to the Secretariat. Such notice will be effective upon 90 days after the date of receipt by the Secretariat.
Decision to put an end to membership by the GA occurs in case of:
•    repeated or serious actions contrary to the interests of PREZODE, or
•    repeated violations against values and collaboration principles of the membership.

When a member who leaves PREZODE for any reason holds an elected position within PREZODE’s bodies, the position is re-opened for election as soon as possible.

Publication date: 21 December 2023 | By: PREZODE