Strategic planning is an essential function of the IPPC Secretariat in coordination with IPPC Contracting Parties. While an annual work plan is formulated by the Secretariat to address strategic goals, longer term thinking is addressed in the context of the annual June Bureau meeting as well as during the meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group which normally meets in October of each year. This ad hoc group, comprised of self-selected developed Contracting Party representatives along with a number of developing Contracting Party representative, discusses issues that may affect the Convention’s Contracting Parties farther into the future.
Included in strategic planning activities is special attention to the broader FAO Strategic Objectives, in particular Strategic Objectives #2 and #4, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #8, #13, #15 and #17. Also, and when possible, the Secretariat seeks to be more inclusive in its strategic approaches by establishing and maintaining collaborative strategies with other international organizations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Biodiversity Liaison Group, CABI, the WCO among others. Through these efforts, the Secretariat and the Contracting Parties seek to be proactive in addressing the needs to plant protection, while at the same time remaining flexible and resilient in the face of urgent new challenges.