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General Administration of Customs, P.R. of China carries out a publicity campaign about bio-safety

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 10:36

Special exhibitions were held in botanical gardens. © Guangzhou Customs, China

15 April 2019, Beijing – The General Administration of Customs , P.R. of China (GACC) carried out a publicity campaign “Protecting national biological safety, building a beautiful ecological homeland” at the 4th National Security Publicity Day. This has been the 4th consecutive year since 2016 when such a campaign was held. Local customs authorities also organized various bio-safety themed activities including giving lectures and opening the quarantine inspecting labs to the public, which aroused great interest from the general public and attracted numerous visits.

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CPM-14 closes with notable achievements and an acknowledgement of outstanding service

Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 15:26

A record 491 participants from 133 countries and 30 observer organizations attended the 14th Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) held from 1-5 April 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. © FAO

5 April 2019, Rome – The recently concluded fourteenth Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) session brought together a record 491 participants from 133 countries and 30 observer organizations. It ended successfully with the adoption of the report by all contracting countries.

In his closing remarks, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, highlighted several notable achievements which took place at CPM-14:

  • The IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 was endorsed and will be submitted ...

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IPPC Commodity and pathways standards - side session at CPM-14

Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 15:37

During the side session, Ms Lois Ransom from Australia explained that with IPPC commodity and pathways standards, the regulation of pests will remain firmly based on pest risk analysis and obligations will not be imposed on importing countries. © FAO

2 April 2019, Rome – The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the only international organization for plant health recognized by the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (the SPS Agreement). The IPPC safeguards agriculture and facilitates safe trade – which, in turn, support economic growth and development, and reduces poverty around the world.

However, trade can spread plant pests and ...

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Sea change for sea containers: CPM-14 Side Session

Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 09:06

The "Sea change for sea containers" side session highlighted pest risks associated with sea containers and their cargoes - and what can be done to reduce these risks. © FAO

4 April 2019, Rome – It was standing room only at the side session on sea containers held at the recent Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) meeting. Over 100 participants learned more about the complexity and challenges of sea container logistics, the risks contaminated containers and their cargos pose to plant resources, and the efforts made by government and industry to reduce those risks.

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Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting at FAO Headquarters

Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019, 10:59

Participants at the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting. © FAO

5 April 2019, Rome – The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met before and after the CPM-14 meeting held in Rome from 1-5 April 2019.

The main objectives and activities of the pre-CPM meeting from 27-29 March were to review pending issues, finalize the CPM-14 agenda, and reflect on each day’s discussions. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (CPM Chairperson), opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary) and attended by all Bureau members, as well as all core team members of the IPPC Secretariat ...

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CPM-14 Pre-Session – A demonstration of the IPPC ePhyto Solution and how it is being used by countries

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 16:15

Participants at the CPM-14 IPPC ePhyto Solution side session. © FAO

1 April 2019, Rome – Prior to the official opening of the fourteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14), a highly anticipated side session on the IPPC ePhyto (electronic phytosanitary certification) Solution was held. Mr Craig Fedchock, from the IPPC Secretariat opened the session by introducing Mr Venkat Venkateswaran, from the the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) and the ePhyto Lead Technical Officer, Mr Christian Dellis, from the US.

Mr Craig Fedchock then revealed the new ePhyto promotional video. He gave an overview of the Hub - a centralized ...

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The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) partners meet to share ideas and build an IYPH network

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 14:48

The first International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 partners meeting took place at FAO headquarters on 6 April 2019. © FAO

6 April 2019, Rome – The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. However, the combined effort of a wide range of partners at the global, regional and national levels is essential for making the year a success.

The IPPC Secretariat therefore organized the first IYPH Partners Coordination Meeting that brought ...

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Advanced Technologies to combat emerging plant pests highlighted at a CPM-14 side session

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 13:19

Participants at the CPM-14 side session "Advanced technologies and information sharing: Key tools for prevention and management of emerging transboundary plant pests". © FAO

3 April 2019, Rome - With increased global trade, travels, agricultural intensification and climate change, the emergence of plant pests and disease outbreaks has been increasing. Plant pests and insects, such as locusts, Fall Armyworm (FAW) and Red Palm Weevil (RPW) can easily spread from one country to another, affecting crops and entire rural livelihoods. FAO and IPPC have therefore taken the lead to support countries in addressing these challenges.

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WTO-SPS Committee considers next steps for Fall Armyworm and the involvement of International Standard Setting Bodies

Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019, 13:08

Fall Armyworm @FAO/Anne-Sophie Poisot

22 March 2019, Geneva - The World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (WTO-SPS) met to review specific trade concerns and reports, the outcomes of their thematic session on Fall Armyworm (FAW) and the fifth review of the operation and implementation of the SPS Agreement.

Some SPS members expressed interest in using the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 to highlight the FAW problem. They learned that the IPPC Secretariat helps prevent the spread of FAW, while other FAO divisions are more involved in managing infestations. SPS members were encouraged to inform the IPPC ...

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The STDF acknowledges recent successes: a new suite of phytosanitary guides and a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) that led to funding

Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019, 09:11

Fresh mangos ready for export from Guinea. After a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE), Guinea developed a National Phytosanitary Development Strategy which led to additional funding. ©Mamadouba Camara

15 March 2019, Geneva – The Standard Trade and Development Facility (STDF) working group met to discuss progress made on its work plan, review grant applications, start the process of updating the STDF strategy and discuss ways to improve border services while ensuring safe trade.

The results of the evaluation of the IPPC Secretariat’s implementation of the STDF 350 project (Production of IPPC Guides and training materials) were presented. There was general agreement ...

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Invasive Alien Species: Invitation to the Online Discussion Forum

Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 11:44

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity organized a moderated online discussion forum on matters related to invasive alien species, with the following timetable:

  • 1 - 31 May 2019: Methods for cost-benefit analysis
  • 1 - 30 June 2019: Methods, tools, and measures for identification and minimization of risk of e-commerce
  • 1 - 31 July 2019: Methods, tools and strategy for invasive alien species management under climate change and others
  • 1 - 31 August 2019: Risk analysis on the potential consequences on social, economic and cultural values
  • 1 - 15 September 2019: Wrap up session for synthesis of report

The Secretariat would like to encourage ...

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The IPPC Plant Pest Surveillance Guide now in Spanish!

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 14:21

Surveillance is at the core of phytosanitary activities. The IPPC Secretariat published in 2016 a guide for NPPOs to understand the principal requirements of surveillance programmes.

This guide was kindly translated in Spanish by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The IPPC Secretariat thanks IICA for the translation and Communidad Andina (CAN) for the review and hopes this resource will make an impact to strengthen phytosanitary systems in Spanish speaking countries.

The Plant Pest Surveillance Guide is available at the following link:

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Call for human-interest stories on plant health for IYPH 2020

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 13:18

At the CPM-14 session held last week, FAO and the IPPC Secretariat launched a call for human-interest stories on plant health. The call is intended to promote real stories about how plant health affects the lives of a variety of people across sectors.

For additional guidance and to submit your story, please consult the following document in PDF or WORD format.

Your story will be used to inspire people to take action.

Please send your story to The deadline to advise if you plan to send stories is 30 June 2019. The deadline for the finalized stories ...

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New standards to curb the global spread of plant pests and diseases

Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019, 10:11

A technician checks olives for pests' infestations in Italy where Xylella fastidiosa has led to the decline of 180,000 hectares of olive groves. © FAO/ A. Pierdomenico

3 April 2019, Rome - The body charged with keeping plant pests and diseases at bay and trade in plants safe has adopted new international measures to prevent pests from crossing borders and spreading.

The standards, including protocols to block highly invasive pests such as Xylella fastidiosa and the oriental fruit fly, were approved during the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures' (CPM) annual meeting this week.

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