Viewing items from October, 2019

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

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 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).


  • 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 Fri, 11 Oct 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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Universal Postal Union project of issuing a postage stamp to commemorate the International Year of Plant Health

Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019, 15:43

Rome, 9 October 2019 - On the World Post Day the IPPC Secretariat is delighted to announce that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has requested its members to consider issuing a commemorative postage stamp to promote the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020. All the designated operators of UPU member countries have been invited to adopt the theme and contribute to the initiative.

For further information, please read the UPU International Bureau Circular at the following link:

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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 Wed, 09 Oct 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 Thu, 03 Oct 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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The compiled comments from the first and second round of consultations on draft ISPMs and CPM Recommendation are now posted!

Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019, 17:07

Compiled comments for the first and second consultations on draft ISPMs have now been posted on the IPP at this link:

Additionally the compiled comments for the draft CPM Recommendation on Safe provision of food and other aid to prevent the introduction of plant pests during an emergency situation (2018-026) have been posted on the IPP at this link:

The IPPC Secretariat would like to thank all who have participated in the consultative process and invites IPPC Official contact points to review the ...

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

Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 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 Tue, 01 Oct 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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