Viewing items from October, 2018
The Finnish Mission at the United Nations expressed their support for the proclamation of an International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020 during a reception in New York attended by over 70 UN delegations.
30 October 2018, New York - Over 90 participants from 70 UN delegations gathered at the Finnish Mission at the United Nations yesterday to express their support for the proclamation of an International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020.
The reception, hosted by the government of Finland, was the culmination of a series of informal meetings held during the UN General Assembly Second Committee. After ...
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting nominations for appropriately qualified experts to take part in
the Expert Working Group on Audits in the phytosanitary context (2015-014)
the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT)
Nominations are due 12 November 2018.
Further details are available on the IPP at http://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/standards-setting/calls-experts/.
The Fall Armyworm is a major threat to food security and spreads quickly since the moth can fly up to 100 km in one night. Photo credit: FAW team/Yemen
18 October 2018, Rome, Italy – The highly destructive, and fast spreading, Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) poses a real threat to global food security. Furthermore, it cannot be eliminated once it has infested a country. Originally, native to the Americas, the Fall Armyworm (FAW) was first detected in Africa in 2016 and has now spread to all sub-Saharan countries. It has also recently been detected in Yemen and India.
“It has ...
Participants at the 15th Annual International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) Meeting. The group supports the improvement of plant health by addressing critical forestry quarantine issues for the global plant health community.
5 October 2018, Rome – At the 15th Annual Meeting of the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) participants looked at ways in which sound scientific research and guidance can support the implementation of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) in forestry. The IFQRG serves an important role in supporting the development of effective science-based policies as its members include scientific, regulatory and industry experts.
“While many scientists and ...
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has issued a call for nomination of experts for their assessment on invasive alien species. More details at the following link: https://www.ipbes.net/notification/call-nominations-experts-%E2%80%93-assessment-invasive-alien-species
10 October 2018, Rome - Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our times. Its catastrophic effects are affecting the planet, human society and agricultural production. Indeed, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report says that global crop yields could decline by 10 to 25 percent by 2050.
As part of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) 2018 Year of Plant Health and Environmental Protection, the IPPC Secretariat organized a seminar exploring the relationship between plant health, climate change, and environmental protection. The seminar took place on 10 October 2018 at FAO Headquarters, and was ...
11 October 2018, Rome – A record number of participants attended the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting which took place from 9 to 11 of October 2018 in Rome, Italy. The 41 participants included representatives from over 20 countries, one International and two Regional Plant Protection Organizations, academia and the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Mr Konan Kouame, Bureau Africa member, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.
SPG members discussed and made recommendations on important administrative, strategic and financial matters. Financial issues discussed included the five-year IPPC investment plan of the IPPC ...
Contribute your case study for a "Guide on Pest Free Areas" by 9 November 2018. Photo: ©FAO/Olivier Asselin
The Intentional Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat has recently launched a call for case studies - with relevant pictures - to be included in a Guide on Pest Free Areas and a related database. The Guide aims to provide general guidance to National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) wanting to establish and maintain:
pest free areas (PFA);
pest free places of production (PFPP);
pest free production sites (PFPS) and
areas of low pest prevalence (ALLP).
It will clarify the principal requirements for the establishment ...
12 October 2018, Rome - The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met on the 8th and 12th of October 2018 in Rome, Italy to discuss and agree upon important administrative, strategic, financial and budgetary matters of the IPPC. Participants included six Bureau members as well as IPPC Secretariat core team members. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Javier Trujillo (Mexico), the CPM Chairperson, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.
Among key financial and budgetary matters, the Bureau noted the Financial Committee (FC) Meeting report, approved the work plan and budget of the IPPC Secretariat for 2020 for ...
28 September 2018, Nanning – China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative seeks to boost development and trade links between Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean. In order to continue facilitating trade while preventing the spread of plant pests and diseases, an IPPC High-Level Symposium on Cooperation for Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Road” Countries was organized in Nanning, China from 25 to 28 September 2018.
The Symposium was opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, and moderated by Ms Sarah Brunel, Implementation Facilitation Officer of the IPPC Secretariat. The Symposium was attended by over 40 ...
8 October 2018, Rome - The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 8 October 2018 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Greg Wolff (Canada - FC Chair), opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (Mexico – CPM Chair), Ms Lois Ransom (Australia - FC and CPM Bureau member), Ms Kyu-Ock Yim (Republic of Korea - FC member), Mr Lucien Kouame Konan (Côte d’Ivoire – FC and CPM Bureau member), Mr Francisco Tristante Oliva (European Commission Observer), Mr Craig Fedchock (IPPC Adviser and World Bank Observer) and Mr Marko Benovic ...
10 September 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea - International standards on phytosanitary measures (ISPMs) help countries protect plants from pests and diseases, while still facilitating trade. Participants from eighteen countries had an opportunity to consult and comment on six draft ISPMs during the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) Regional Workshop on the Review of Draft ISPMs.
The workshop took place from 10 to 14 September 2018 in Seoul. It was opened by Mr Suyon Roh, the Director-General of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of the Republic of Korea
“Emerging pests can be managed through information exchange and ...
Dear NPPOs and RPPOs,
As you are aware, we are getting close to the decision to proclaim 2020 the International Year of Plant Health. A resolution to this effect will soon be available on the UN e-document system. (http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/73/documentslist.shtml and http://www.un.org/en/ga/73/resolutions.shtml).
This is a kind reminder that an IYPH information package is available at the following links: https://www.ippc.int/en/news/prompting-action-towards-an-international-year-of-plant-health/ and https://www.ippc.int/en/iyph/iyph-toolbox/, and that you are strongly encouraged to contact your UN Missions ...
Key elements of the International Plant Protection Convention’s (IPPC’s) work is to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade. It is known that trade supports economic growth and development, helping to reduce poverty around the world. The 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) data review shows that world exports of agricultural products increased by approximately 70% since 2006.
Source: WTO 2016: https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/wts2017_e/wts2017_e.pdf
Significant advances in safe trade facilitation can be made through international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs). The IPPC community is keen to develop and adopt ISPMs for commodities and ...