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The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) join forces to facilitate trade whilst protecting societies from undesirable effects

Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018, 09:54

Dr. Jingyuan Xia, Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention, and Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), signed an agreement at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels on 19 June 2018 to promote cooperation on matters of common interest to help facilitate the international trade of plants and plant products in a safe and efficient manner.

The areas where the two Organizations will cooperate include, but are not limited to: Electronic Data Exchange (ePhyto), eCommerce, Sea Containers, Single Window and Communication and Advocacy. In addition, the IPPC and WCO will establish a joint work plan with ...

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The June 2018 CPM Bureau meeting held in Rome, Italy

Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 11:44

The June 2018 CPM Bureau meeting was held on 11-15 June 2018 in Rome, Italy with participation of all seven Bureau members as well as all core team members of the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by the CPM Chairperson, Mr Javier Trujillo (Mexico), and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.

The meeting started with the discussion of the action points of the April 2018 Bureau meeting and the CPM-13 followed by the updates from the IPPC Secretariat and the report of the IPPC Financial Committee (FC) Meeting in June 2018.

The Bureau members discussed and agreed ...

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The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting held in Rome - new membership continuing the good work

Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 09:32

The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held from 7-8 June, 2018, at FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy, just before the CPM Bureau meeting which commenced on 11 June, 2018. The meeting was chaired by Greg WOLFF (Canada - new FC Chair), opened by Jingyuan XIA, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Lois RANSOM (Australia - FC member), Kyu-Ock YIM (Republic of Korea - FC member), Lucien KOUAME KONAN (Côte d’Ivoire - FC member), Craig FEDCHOCK (IPPC Adviser) and Marko BENOVIC (Budget and Planning Officer of the IPPC Secretariat).

The main objectives and activities of this FC meeting were to: 1) update the Work plan and ...

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ePhyto Project Technical Committee Meets in Dublin

Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018, 13:02

The ePhyto Project Technical Committee(PTC)/ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met during the week of May 28 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting was graciously hosted by the Irish Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. The meeting was successful on a number of levels. The PTC agreed that the ePhyto Hub is now open for business, meaning that interested IPPC Contracting Parties with the capacity to do so may now begin to integrate their existing national systems into the Hub. The PTC also presented the current status of the Generic National System (GeNS) by the United Nations International Computing Center ...

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Be ready for the 2018 IPPC Regional Workshops!

Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018, 17:08

The IPPC Secretariat started the process of coordinating the organization of the 2018 IPPC Regional Workshops since January. This year again, IPPC Regional Workshops shall be organized in the following seven regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Southwest Pacific and the Caribbean. All IPPC contracting parties (CP) from these regions are welcome to attend these workshops. The dates and places of the 2018 IPPC Regional Workshops are posted on the IPP calendar

The three main objectives of these workshops include:

1. Strengthening capacity on how to analyze draft ISPMs ...

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The IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee sets its house in order

Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018, 14:58

The 2nd meeting of the IPPC Implementation Capacity and Development Committee (IC) was held between 21 and 25 May 2018 at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy with Ms Olga LAVRENTJEVA (Estonia) presiding as the IC Chairperson.

The IC discussed thoroughly the governance and strategic directions of their work to ensure that the work is focused on the CPM priorities and that efficient, clear and transparent processes and procedures are in place.

The IC agreed to establish two new IC Sub-groups on Dispute Avoidance and Settlement and on the Implementation, Review and Support System (IRSS). The Sea Container Task Force (SCTF) was ...

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Fumigation requirements and amendments to ISPM 5 draft ISPMs for another round of IPPC's member comments!

Posted on Fri, 25 May 2018, 12:08

The Standards Committee working group (SC-7), met on 21-23 May 2018 in Rome and had intense and fruitful discussions on two draft ISPMs. The 2018 SC-7 was led by Mr Nico Horn (The Netherlands) as the chairperson for this year’s working group. The SC-7 consists of seven SC members - one representative per FAO region. They had detailed and in-depth discussions on the draft standards that were commented upon by IPPC Official contact points during the first consultation in 2017. The SC-7 considered the compiled comments, the stewards’ considerations and recommendations on the use of terms and consistency as provided ...

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The IPPC Standards Committee approves four draft standards for first consultation!

Posted on Mon, 21 May 2018, 16:14

The IPPC Standards Committee (SC), with 27 participants representing all seven FAO regions and led by their Chairperson, Mr Ezequiel FERRO (Argentina) met on 14-18 May 2018 in Rome for yet another intense and productive week.

The SC reviewed four standards drafted by different expert groups in 2017 and approved all drafts for submission to the first consultation period (1 July – 30 September 2018, through the Online Comment System):

  1. Revision of ISPM 8: Determination of pest status in an area (2009-005). Pest records are used to determine the presence or absence of a pest in an area and this standard ...

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Fourth meeting of IYPH Steering Committee held at FAO HQs

Posted on Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 14:50

From 23 to 25 April 2018 the International Year of Plant Health Steering Committee of the IPPC (“IYPH StC”) held its fourth meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Led by Chairperson Ralf LOPIAN (Finland), and supported by the IPPC Secretariat, twenty participants and six invited stakeholders took part in the meeting.

Mr Shoki AL-DOBAI, Integration and Support Team Leader, welcomed participants on behalf of the IPPC Secretariat and recalled the good progress made towards the IYPH proclamation, which is planned be discussed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in October/November 2018. He also briefed on the decisions taken ...

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The Successful Completion of the Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13)

Posted on Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 09:50

The Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) was successfully completed on 20th April 2018 in FAO-HQs, Rome, Italy. After adoption of the Report on CPM-13, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary Xia, made conclusion remarks by highlighting ten major achievements obtained in this CPM-13:

1) Organized a series of activities to showcase the 2018 IPPC annual theme “Plant Health and Environmental protection”, including a keynote address delivered by Dr Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as a Special Topic Session and an IPPC-CBD Joint Side Event on Plant Health and ...

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CPM-13 Special Topics Session on Plant Health and Environment Protection

Posted on Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 09:44

A Special Topics Session on Plant Health and Environment Protection was held on 19 April 2018 during the 13th Session of the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures. The Session aimed at promoting the IPPC 2018 annual theme “Plant Health and Environment Protection”. Four speakers briefed the CPM audience and clearly demonstrated the relevance and linkage between plant health, environmental protection, climate change, food security and human health.

  • Prof Vernon Heywood, Emeritus Professor in the University of Reading with his presentation “Environmental protection and sustainability – pies and doughnuts” clearly showed that sustainability of our planet depends on maintaining healthy, functioning and diverse ...

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The CPM Bureau meeting held at the margin of the CPM-13 in April 2018

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018, 15:25

The CPM Bureau meeting was held on 11th-13th April before CPM-13 and on 20 April 2018 after CPM-13 with participation of seven Bureau members as well as the representatives from the IPPC Secretariat and FAO Legal Office. The meeting was chaired by the CPM Chairperson, Ms Lois Ransom (Australia), and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.

The meeting started with the discussion of the action points of the October and December 2017 and March 2018 Bureau meetings followed by preparations for CPM-13: arrangements and key issues for consideration. Bureau also addressed: Progress Report of the IPPC Secretariat for ...

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CPM-13 side session on gene sequencing and molecular technologies

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018, 08:50

Successfully organized by the IPPC and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) Secretariats on 17 April 2018 at FAO HQ, the session informed IPPC contracting parties and stakeholders about gene sequencing and molecular technologies for plant pests diagnosis. Early diagnosis and rapid response are crucial in any effort to reduce the risk of entry and spread of plant pests into an area.

Ms Françoise Petter, EPPO Deputy Director, informed the audience that EPPO, one of the 10 Regional Plant Protection Organizations established under the IPPC has in its work a diagnostic programme, as well as organizes Workshops and ...

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Highlights from CPM-13 for Implementation Facilitation

Posted on Tue, 24 Apr 2018, 16:01

The Chair of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), Ms Olga Lavrentjeva, presenting the first report of this IPPC governing body. © IPPC Secretariat

CPM-13 (2018) has been rich in achievements for Implementation facilitation activities.

This year, the first report of the newly formed Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) was presented to CPM, outlining the framework of IC activities. In her report, the Chair of the IC, Ms Olga Lavrentjeva, highlighted the need for sustainable financial resources, especially from FAO Regular Program funds, to deliver the IFU work plan. The CPM requested the IC to set up a management ...

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