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Making e-commerce safer: the IPPC and the World Customs Organization join forces

Posted on خميس, 17 أكتوبر 2019, 16:22

The IPPC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) secretariats entered into a joint three-year workplan with seven major activities for bilateral cooperation, including cross-border e-commerce. © Tumisu from Pixabay

27 September 2019, Brussels - The pace of digital transformation of economies and businesses has accelerated and become a key driver of global trade. Furthermore, mobile technology, the internet and electronic payment systems have revolutionized the way businesses and consumers are selling and buying goods. The growth in cross-border e-commerce has resulted in new trade patterns, including growth in business-to-consumer (B2C) and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) transactions.

The increased role of consumers in individual transactions ...

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Application of the IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS): Sri Lanka is one step closer to being the first country in Asia to “go live”

Posted on أربعاء, 16 أكتوبر 2019, 16:30

Participants at the September 2019 practical awareness session for Sri Lankan National Plant Quarantine Services (NPQS) staff. © IPPC Secretariat

24 September 2019, Colombo – The first of four practical awareness sessions on implementing the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) took place from 24 to 25 September 2019 at the National Plant Quarantine Services (NPQS) in Sri Lanka. Approximately 80 NPQS staff (inspectors, officers and assistants) attended the two-day session.

The GeNS is a centralized web-based system that allows countries without their own electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhyto) system to produce, send and receive ePhytos. Sri Lanka is one of the three pilot ...

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The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Capacity Development: an excellent opportunity to strengthen collaboration with the STDF

Posted on أربعاء, 16 أكتوبر 2019, 14:47

8 October 2019, Rome – The IPPC Secretariat’s tenth seminar, focusing on the 2019 annual theme of “Plant Health and Capacity Development”, took place at FAO headquarters on 8 October 2019. The Seminar was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary.

Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Comoros

Ms Sarah Brunel, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer, presented how the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) process helps countries identify both strengths and weaknesses in their phytosanitary systems. This allows them to develop, with consensus of all stakeholders, a strategy and action plan to address their weaknesses and build on the identified strengths.

She gave ...

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IYPH International Steering Committee approves its action plan at its third meeting

Posted on ثلاثاء, 15 أكتوبر 2019, 16:38

The opening session of the IYPH ISC meeting in October 2019. Copyright: FAO/IPPC

Rome, 11 October 2019. The International Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH ISC) met at FAO headquarters in Rome to move decisively towards the start of 2020.

The Chairperson Mr Ralf LOPIAN opened the meeting and welcomed participants highlighting ongoing preparations being carried out in collaboration with the IYPH Secretariat, composed of the IPPC Secretariat and the FAO AGP, PSP and OCC divisions, respectively dealing with plant production and protection, partnerships, and corporate communications.

The IYPH ISC approved its action plan, and ...

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CPM Bureau provides strategic direction to the IPPC community towards 2020

Posted on ثلاثاء, 15 أكتوبر 2019, 16:13

The opening session of the CPM Bureau meeting in October 2019. Copyright: FAO/IPPC

Rome, 7 and 11 October 2019. The Bureau of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM Bureau) met at FAO headquarters in Rome back-to-back with the meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG). The meeting served as a preparation and follow-up for the SPG and provided strategic direction on key issues on the IPPC agenda.

The Chairperson Mr Javier TRUJILLO ARRIAGA opened the meeting and welcomed participants underlining that the SPG provides strategic perspectives to the work of the IPPC and provides advice to the Commission ...

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Strategic Planning Group endorses IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030

Posted on ثلاثاء, 15 أكتوبر 2019, 12:55

The opening session of the 2019 Strategic Planning Group. Copyright: FAO/IPPC

Rome, 8-10 October 2019. The eighth session of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) took place at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting was attended by 36 participants from 27 countries, including CPM Bureau members, chairpersons of the IC, SC and IYPH ISC, and a representative of the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF).

The Chairperson Mr Lucien KUAME KONAN opened the SPG meeting and welcomed participants underlining that the SPG provides strategic perspectives to the work of the IPPC and provides advice to the Commission for the ...

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Plant health sustained by experts and policy makers at 41st European Commission on Agriculture

Posted on ثلاثاء, 15 أكتوبر 2019, 09:20

Panel discussion at 41st ECA session. Copyright: FAO REU

Budapest, 1-2 October 2019. Two staff of the IPPC secretariat and contracting parties attended the 41st session of the European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), in the context of preparations for the International Year of Plant Health. Policy makers and agricultural experts from 33 countries attended the session, hosted in Budapest by the government of Hungary and organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Plant Health was high on the agenda, with a focus on the International Year of Plant Health as well as the growing impact of ...

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Change is coming: the third meeting of the IPPC Sea Containers Task Force held in Baltimore, USA

Posted on جمعة, 11 أكتوبر 2019, 17:16

Participants at the September 2019 IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) meeting. © FAO

23 September 2019, Baltimore - The third meeting of IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) took place in Baltimore, USA, from 23 to 27 September 2019. The main objective of the meeting was to review the SCTF’s work since it was established in 2017; and to decide on a road map for developing recommendations for the Implementation and Capacity development committee (IC) and the 2021 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-16).

The SCTF:

  • Reviewed their Terms of Reference and concluded that the SCTF, the IPPC Secretariat, national plant ...

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International research group helps advance phytosanitary research

Posted on جمعة, 11 أكتوبر 2019, 17:00

Participants at the 2019 Phytosanitary Measures Research Group meeting in Cairns, Australia. © FAO

27 September 2019, Cairns -The Phytosanitary Measures Research Group (PMRG) met from 24 to 27 September 2019 in Cairns, Australia. The PMRG - an independent organization of scientists, regulators and industry experts - provides scientific research and analysis that contributes to the development of phytosanitary treatments. The meeting was attended by 28 participants from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States of America and a representative from the IPPC Secretariat.

The PMRG has worked closely with the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) on several issues ...

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Linking the IPPC Secretariat’s budget to the new 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic framework: results from the IPPC Financial committee (FC) meeting

Posted on أربعاء, 09 أكتوبر 2019, 13:24

Participants at the October 2019 IPPC Finance Committee (FC) meeting. © FAO

7 October 2019, Rome - The IPPC Finance Committee (FC) met in Rome on 7 October 2019 to review the overall financial situation of the IPPC Secretariat, progress made on several pending matters, and how to link the IPPC budget to the 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic Framework.

The IPPC Secretariat first presented its 2019 resource mobilization report; and a progress report on the implementation of the 2019 work plan and budget. The 2020 work plan and budget, as well as the first draft of the 2021 work plan and budget, were ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Solution discusses Blockchain's potential in agricultural supply chains at the 2019 OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum

Posted on خميس, 03 أكتوبر 2019, 11:24

Photo: Panelists (L-R): Mr Marco Aloe (SICPA), Mr Glyn Chancey (CSGA), Ms Marie-Agnès Jouanjean (OECD), Markus Mutz (OpenSC) and Ms Aoife Cassin (IPPC Secretariat) © OECD

12 September 2019, Paris - The 2019 OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum was opened by Mr Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, who welcomed all attendees. He called the forum a“unique platform to discuss how distributed ledger technologies, like Blockchain, are affecting the environment in which policy is implemented, as well as their potential as tools for achieving policy objectives”.

As a representative of the IPPC ePhyto Solution project team, Ms Aoife Cassin, was invited to participate ...

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Determining an area’s pest status: experts meet to draft a new guide

Posted on ثلاثاء, 01 أكتوبر 2019, 11:51

Working Group experts meet in Rome, Italy to start developing a Pest Status Guide. © FAO

16 September 2019, Rome – An expert working group met in Rome from 16 to 20 September 2019 to kick off the development of a Pest Status Guide (2017-048). Indeed, determining the status of pests within a country is crucial for national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) engaged in performing pest risk assessments, developing and maintaining regulated pest lists, establishing phytosanitary measures, issuing phytosanitary certificates and reporting on pests. Furthermore, a lack of information on pest status can limit market access or lead to unwarranted protective measures ...

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Excellent regional cooperation during the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop in Latin America

Posted on ثلاثاء, 01 أكتوبر 2019, 10:22

The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was organized in Medellín, Colombia from 3 to 6 September 2019. @ ICA

3 September 2019, Medellín - The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held in Medellín, Colombia from 3 to 6 September 2019. Thirty-five persons from 19 IPPC contracting parties and several institutions attended the workshop. The FAO Agricultural Officer of the Subregional Office for Mesoamerica (FAO-SLM) was also present.

The workshop was co-organized by the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA); the three Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) in Latin America – the Communidad Andina (CAN), the Comite Regional de Sanidad Vegetal ...

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Plant health is important for Caribbean tourism declares Minister at the IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean

Posted on أربعاء, 25 سبتمبر 2019, 14:54

Participants at the 2019 Regional Workshop for the Caribbean. © FAO

12 September 2019, Antigua and Barbuda – The 2019 International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop for the Caribbean took place from 10 to 12 September 2019. Representatives from the following 12 Caribbean countries attended the workshop: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

In his opening remarks, the Honorable Dean JONAS, the Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, highlighted the importance of plant health for the Caribbean’s ...

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