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Dwindling IPPC Sustainable Funding Affects its Support of Developing Countries to Participation in Some Governing Activities

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 15:16

For many years, the IPPC Secretariat has tried to assist the participation of developing Contracting Parties to the annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) and also some other important governing bodies meetings, such as the meetings of Standard Committee (SC), the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), etc. This has been done from the IPPC extra-budgetary funding that has been generously provided by a number of donors.

In recent years, the CPM has been advised that funds for supporting participation of developing countries at CPM and other IPPC governing bodies meetings have been reducing and criteria have ...

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G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers Supports the IPPC ePhyto and the Initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020)

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:40

The G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers at their meeting on 27-28 July 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina have endorsed the IPPC’s efforts to build an electronic certification system (ePhyto) and the initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020).

In their final declaration, Agriculture Ministers of twenty countries that represent 60 percent of all agricultural land and about 80 percent of world trade in agricultural products stated:

Para. 6: “We are ready to actively engage in the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) to address collectively the new challenges of agriculture”.

Para. 25: “We also ...

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Prompting action towards an International Year of Plant Health in 2020

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 13:54

Plants account for over 80% of the human diet and are indispensable for food security. Healthy plants are also vital to sustainable and profitable crop production and to the quality supply of food, fuel, and fiber. Plant pests and diseases pose a threat to food security because they can damage crops, thus reducing the availability and access to food, increasing the cost of food.

Nowadays, due to increasing global trade and a changing climate, plant pests and diseases pose a greater threat to food security than ever before. In fact, global trade increases the chance of these pests moving from ...

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Strengthening the Bilateral Cooperation of the IPPC with the United States of America

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 12:52

On 26 July 2018 an IPPC delegation composed of Dr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary), Mr. Craig Fedchock (IPPC Adviser) and Dr. Shoki AlDobai (IPPC Integration and Support Team Lead) met at FAO-HQs with representatives from the US Mission to Rome-based UN Agencies, Mr. Tommie Williams (incoming Minister Counselor for Agriculture) and Mr. Bryce Quick (outgoing Counselor for Agriculture) at FAO-HQs.

The IPPC Secretary Xia welcomed the US delegates, and wished Mr. Williams success in his new tenure. He briefed the US delegates about the IPPC, its importance as global plant health standard setting and implementation organization, as well as its ...

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IPPC Secretariat contributes to the discussion on a Harmonized Global Approach for Managing Forest Invasive Species (19-20 July, 2018, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy)

Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2018, 15:59

In the margins of the 24th session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO), representatives from the IPPC Secretariat, the FAO Forestry Department and five Regional Forest Invasive Species Networks met to explore better ways to exchange information and increase collaboration.

The results of this discussion were shared the next day at a COFO side event entitled Towards a harmonized global approach for managing Forest Invasive Species. FAO Forestry facilitates Forest Invasive Species Networks in Asia Pacific, Africa, Near East, Europe and Central Asia and North America. Ms Shiroma SATHYAPALAS is the FAO Forestry representative. Mr Brent LARSON, Lead for ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meet in Rome, Italy

Posted on Mon, 23 Jul 2018, 16:38

The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting was held on the 19th July 2018, in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Gerard Meijerink, International Seed Federation. The meeting was opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, who thanked the IAG for its contributions and encouraged their work on studying the impacts of ePhyto on trade facilitation. The IAG, which was voluntarily established to advise the IPPC Secretariat on the feasibility of the ePhyto solution project and its ability to facilitate efficient and effective trade flows, reviewed the ongoing progress and advancements of the project. The IPPC ePhyto ...

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Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Progresses in Uzbekistan

Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018, 11:01

The national Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Uzbekistan marks significant a progress. The PCE was initiated and supported by the FAO TPC Project (TCP/UZB/3602) “Support to the Improvement of the National Seed, Plant Variety Protection and Phytosanitary Legislation in Uzbekistan”. The PCE and other phytosanitary related activities of the project are coordinated by the Sub-regional Office for Central Asia (SEC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and FAO Uzbekistan with the technical back-stopping provided by the IPPC Secretariat.

The PCE application in Uzbekistan and revision of the National Phytosanitary Legislation accords with the resumed negotiations of Uzbekistan ...

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3rd Meeting of the IPPC ePhyto Project Advisory Committee

Posted on Wed, 18 Jul 2018, 11:06

The third ePhyto Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting took place on Monday, 16th of July at the IPPC Secretariat headquarters in FAO, Rome, Italy. The PAC which provides guidance to and support in project development particularly in relation to cooperation with other international initiatives on electronic certificates reviewed the IPPC ePhyto progress and advancements. The Committee which is chaired by Ms. Barbara Cooper discussed in detail the objectives of a 5 year strategic plan which is intended to lay out the details of transitioning from a donor funded project to a stable operating program. The PAC also discussed an advocacy ...

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IPPC Secretariat took part in the SPS Committee Thematic Workshop on Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures

Posted on Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 16:49

Copyright: WTO

The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization organized and hosted a Workshop on control, inspection and approval procedures from 09-10 July, 2018. The workshop provided a forum for discussion and experience sharing on developments, challenges and practices in implementing the SPS Agreement, Article 8 and Annex C on control, inspection and approval procedures. Approximately 40 government officials from developing country Members and Observers participated in the Workshop with the financial assistance of the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF).

Ms Ketevan Lomsadze, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer of the IPPC Secretariat delivered the IPPC Secretariat’s presentation “Facilitating ...

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IPPC Assists Tunisia in its Second Round of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Process

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 17:24

2nd PCE mission in Tunisia, June 2018, Tunis. © Mekki Chouibani

Under the framework of the FAO project TCP/SNE/3601/C1 and with the support of the FAO Sub-regional office for North-Africa (SNE), the IPPC Secretariat carried out the second mission to support the application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool.

The 2nd round of the PCE was facilitated by Mr Mekki CHOUIBANI, the PCE facilitator and Executive Director of NEPPO, with contribution of Ms Sarah BRUNEL, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer.

A workshop was organized in Tunis from 26 to 28 June 2018 with government officials and stakeholders to ...

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The IPPC Secretariat brainstorms on the Plant Health and Environmental Protection at its 2018 Mid-Year Meeting

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 08:43

A specific session took place during the IPPC Secretariat 2018 Mid-Year meeting on Friday, 6 July 2018 to brainstorming on activities related to environmental protection and plant health. Environmental protection is at the core of the mandate of the IPPC. Mr Brent Larson, IFU lead, provided a brief history of how the IPPC community has clarified its role regarding environmental issues. Indeed, protecting the environment, forests and biodiversity from plant pests is also one of the strategic objectives in the IPPC Strategic Framework and protecting both cultivated and wild flora from pests was incorporate into the 2005 IPPC Business plan ...

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The 2018 Mid-year Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat Held in Rome, Italy

Posted on Wed, 11 Jul 2018, 10:17

The 2018 Mid-year meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 6 July 2018 at the FAO HQs in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for in the first half of 2018, as well as to review the plan of the core activities for the second half of the year and actions to promote further the annual theme of the IPPC Secretariat “Optimization of Financial Management”.

The meeting was chaired and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. Team Leaders Mr. Avetik Nersisyan (SSU), Mr. Brent Larson ...

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The important development of Phytosanitary Treatments continues as the TPPT close their annual meeting

Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 09:16

The Technical Panel for Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) just ended their annual meeting in Shenzhen, China (25 – 29 June 2018). The IPPC Standard Setting Unit organized the meeting that was kindly hosted by the Shenzhen Academy of Inspection and Quarantine.

The TPPT is tasked with drafting scientifically sound phytosanitary treatments for inclusion as annexes to ISPM 28 (Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests).

In her opening speech, Ms Adriana MOREIRA (IPPC Secretariat) reminded the panel of three key words to keep in mind during the meeting: transparency, technical justification and safe trade facilitation. She also reminded the participants how phytosanitary treatments contribute ...

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The IPPC Secretariat meets representatives from the European Commission for strengthening bilateral cooperation

Posted on Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 14:15

Meeting with DG TRADE and DG SANTE

The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has very strong cooperation with the European Commission (EC). For the past decade, the EC has provided generous and continuous financial support to the IPPC Secretariat’s Work Plan, notably support for travel for representatives of IPPC contracting parties to attend meetings, the implementation of the IPPC and its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures, and supporting the Implementation, Review and Support System (IRSS) project. To further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the EC, a delegation from the IPPC Secretariat payed ...

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