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Collaboration with the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Posted on Fri, 07 Dec 2018, 10:28

29 November 2018, Brussels – Delegates from the IPPC Secretariat met with Mr Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), to discuss potential cooperation between both Secretariats. This was the first time that such a collaboration was officially discussed.

During the meeting, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC secretary, expressed the IPPC’s strong interest in cooperating with the ACP Secretariat in particular in building phytosanitary capacity at the national level; celebrating the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020; and combatting emerging regulated pests.

Mr Xia briefed Mr Gnassounou on the ...

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Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the DG SANTE of the European Commission

Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018, 16:45

29 November 2018, Brussels – The IPPC delegation met with representatives from the European Commission’s (EC) DG SANTE and briefed them on important activities of the IPPC Secretariat, such as developing the IPPC strategic framework for 2020-2030; promoting commodity and pathway standards; enhancing safe and efficient trade, preparing for celebration of the International Year of Plant (IYPH) 2020; and dealing with emerging regulated pests.

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, also expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to DG SANTE for its continuous and generous support to the IPPC’s work programme in cooperation with DG TRADE. He further urged ...

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Working with the World Customs Organization to develop a Joint Work Programme for 2019-2021

Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 15:40

29 November 2018, Brussels – Delegates from the IPPC secretariat and the World Customs Organization (WCO) met to discuss the development of an IPPC-WCO Joint Work Programme for 2019-2021.

During the meeting, the IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan Xia gave a briefing on progress made by the IPPC Secretariat in promoting the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that came into force in February 2017. Highlights of the briefing included the development of the IPPC Action Plan for Trade Facilitation; improving IPPC ePhyto solutions (the IPPC ePhyto Hub and Generic National Systems or GeNS); the work of ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the DG TRADE of the European Commission

Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 14:47

28 November 2018, Brussels – The IPPC delegation met with representatives from the European Commission’s (EC) DG TRADE and briefed them on major progress made on the IPPC Secretariat’s work in developing the IPPC strategic framework; commodity and pathway standards; trade facilitation; the International Year of Plant (IYPH) 2020; emerging pests; and cooperation with the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, also highlighted progress made in projects focusing on implementing the IPPC and its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs); as well as on the Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS). These projects are supported ...

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Historic participation of the IPPC Secretariat in the meeting of the Working Party of the Chief Plant Health Officers (COPHS) of the European Union (EU)

Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 11:34

28 November 2018, Brussels– IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, delivered a keynote presentation on the “Impact of Globalization on Plant Health and IPPC Strategies” at the meeting of the Working Party of the Chief Plant Health Officers (COPHS) of the European Union (EU).

In his presentation, Mr Xia emphasized the challenges, benefits and impacts of globalization; the IPPC’s strategic direction; and the IPPC’s cooperation with the EU. In particular, the IPPC Secretary expressed his great gratitude and appreciation to the EU, its regional organizations, and member countries for their continuous and generous support to the IPPC work programme ...

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Latest Developments in Standards and Other News from the IPPC Standards Committee Meeting

Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 17:19

Photo: The IPPC Standards Committee (SC) at their November 2018 meeting in Rome. A new draft standard on Guidance on Pest Risk Management was one of the items they discussed.

19 – 23 November 2018, Rome – The 32nd meeting of the Standards Committee (SC) kicked off with the recommendation of two draft standards to the Committee on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) 2019 for adoption. These are the:

  • 2017 amendments to ISPM 5 (Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms); and
  • the draft ISPM on the Requirements for the use of Fumigation as a Phytosanitary Measure which will provide countries with the necessary technical guidance to ...

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IPPC call for facilitators to be trained in pest risk management decision support tools

Posted on Fri, 23 Nov 2018, 15:28

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has recently issued a call to train facilitators to support the design and evaluation of pest risk management decision support tools to improve market access negotiations. The tools are being developed and enhanced as part of the “Rolling out Systems Approach Globally” project. The IPPC Secretariat also re-opened a call for trade case proposals, preferably targeting facilitators who come from countries or regions presenting trade cases.

How to apply:

Click here to find out more about the call for facilitators and access the application form. The deadline for applying is 7 December 2018.

The ...

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Regional Plant Protection Organizations join forces to establish a common work plan and fight emerging pests

Posted on Fri, 23 Nov 2018, 15:13

Participants at the 30th technical consultation of Regional Plant Protection Organizations at the Headquarters of the Comunidad Andina (CAN), November 2018 © CAN

2 November 2018 – Representatives from the world’s Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) recently met in Lima, Peru, to exchange information and find ways to better coordinate their activities. During the 30th annual technical consultation, which took place from 29 October to 2 November 2018 at the Headquarters of the Comunidad Andina, 13 participants from ten RPPOs, the IPPC Secretariat, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Potato Center (CIP) reviewed joint activities, identified ...

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Decisive steps taken towards the proclamation of the International Year of Plant Health

Posted on Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 10:10

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 ...

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Fall Armyworm - an Emerging Food Security Global Threat

Posted on Thu, 25 Oct 2018, 11:04

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.

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Healthy forests thanks to scientific research and phytosanitary standards: The International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) Annual Meeting

Posted on Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 09:21

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 ...

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The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health, Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 17:08

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 ...

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Highlights from the October 2018 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Strategic Planning Group Meeting

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 15:15

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 ...

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The IPPC community is urged to share experiences in establishing and maintaining pest free areas

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 14:27

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 ...

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