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Phytosanitary treatment options for plant health: the IPPC Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments meeting

Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019, 12:41

12 July 2019, Vienna - Phytosanitary treatments (PTs) are essential for controlling regulated pests in articles and goods, especially those that are regulated for trade on an international scale. The IPPC PTs are an alternative to methyl bromide and help protect biodiversity. They provide the minimum requirements necessary to control regulated pests; and offer guidance on specific plant health treatments issues.

The IPPC Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) met from 8 to 12 July 2019 in Vienna, Austria to discuss various PT related issues. The meeting was organized by the IPPC Secretariat and hosted by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division ...

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The IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) Goes Live

Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 12:23

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is proud to announce the release of the IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNs). From today, any country interested in joining the IPPC GeNs can begin its registration process. Interested countries are encouraged to visit the following link where full instructions are given: https://www.ephytoexchange.org/landing/gens/index.html

The release of the IPPC GeNS is a success story of the IPPC ePhyto Solution Project. While hard work is still ahead, the project has come a long way from an idea to a functioning system where countries are exchanging IPPC ePhytos ...

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Harnessing technology to benefit the environment: the IPPC at the 10th InforMEA Steering Committee Meeting

Posted on Fri, 05 Jul 2019, 14:46

The 10th Meeting of the InforMEA Steering Committee in Montreux, Switzerland. © UNEP

14 June 2019, Montreux - The 10th Meeting of the InforMEA Steering Committee was held from 11 to 14 June 2019 in Montreux, Switzerland. Ms Paola Sentinelli, Information Management Officer of the IPPC Secretariat, attended the meeting.

The InforMEA Program is committed to harnessing innovative technology to share knowledge; and harmonizing information systems across the environmental community and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA). It has been supported by UN Environment since 2010; and financially supported by the European Union since 2014.

As the project moves into its third phase, the ...

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The 2019 mid-year meeting of the IPPC Secretariat: reviewing key achievements and future plans

Posted on Fri, 05 Jul 2019, 10:28

The IPPC Secretariat reviewed key achievements for the first half of 2019 and plans for the next semester at their mid-year meeting. © FAO

2 July 2019, Rome – The 2019 mid-year meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The meeting was chaired by IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan Xia, and attended by all Secretariat staff. Following the briefing from unit (team, task force and group) leaders, Mr Xia highlighted key achievements for the first semester and the core activities for the second semester of 2019. The meeting ended with a lively discussion on how to promote and ...

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A new version of the IPPC Online Comment System launched today for opening of 2019 consultations

Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019, 14:49

The IPPC Online Comment System (OCS) was upgraded to a new 6.4 version today, 1st July 2019. The new user interface and enhanced system’s features will facilitate the process of drafting and submitting comments by IPPC contact points.

The main enhancement for users include:

• In-line editor of comments (fixed right-hand comment box disappeared, with improved system’s usability).

• Possibility to format the text of the document (basic fonts, italic, bold, underlined, insertion of special characters, etc.).

• You can always edit your comment and delete your own comments.

• Access to the paragraph history.

• Like/dislike comments feature.

• Possibility to ...

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The IPPC Generic ePhyto National System will go live on the 15th of July

Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019, 12:04

The IPPC Secretariat is proud to announce that on July 15th the Generic National System component of the IPPC ePhyto Solution will go live! This means that countries without their own national electronic certification system who wish to join the IPPC ePhyto Solution can begin their registration process and once fully prepared, can join the IPPC ePhyto Solution through the use of the GeNS. The GeNS is a centralized web- based system that any country without their own electronic certification system can use to connect to the ePhyto Hub in order to produce, send and receive ePhytos. The IPPC Secretariat ...

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Minimizing the impact of plant pests - a global surveillance system for crop diseases

Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019, 10:56

Originally native to the Americas, since 2016 the Fall Armyworm, a destructive pest, has rapidly spread into Africa, the Near East and Asia. ©FAO/Lekha Edirisinghe

28 June 2019 - Each year an estimated 10 to16 percent of global harvests are lost to plant pests and diseases, at an estimated cost of over USD 220 billion. Pests, pathogens and weeds cause the loss of more than 40 percent of the world’s food supply. A global surveillance system for monitoring and improving response to crop diseases and pests could help prevent some of these losses.

“Science” journal has just published an ...

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Making progress on international commodity standards for phytosanitary measures

Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019, 16:10

IPPC Focus group on commodity standards’ second meeting in 2019. Participants included Focus group members and the IPPC Secretariat. © FAO

21 June 2019, Rome – An important element of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)’s work is to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade. As part of this effort, the new IPPC Strategic Framework 2002-2030 includes developing commodity and pathway specific standards. Much progress on this topic was made during the second meeting of the IPPC focus group on commodity standards with its newly revised terms of reference (ToRs).

The meeting took place in Rome from 17 to 21 June ...

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Implementing the 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic Framework: Considerations from CPM Bureau June 2019 meeting

Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 12:47

The June 2019 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting. © FAO

14 June 2019, Rome – The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met in Rome from 10 to 14 June 2019 to focus on how to implement the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030.

The IPPC Secretary Mr. Jingyuan Xia highlighted that when planning activities it was important to link the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 and the five-year investment plan. He also stressed the need to mobilize resources for both the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) and the IPPC ePhyto solution work programmes.

Based on the new strategic framework ...

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The IPPC Financial Committee discusses the IPPC Secretariat’s 2021 budget and other matters

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 16:59

The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) met from 6 to 7 June 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. © FAO

7 June 2019, Rome - The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) met from 6 to 7 June 2019 before the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting which began on 10 June 2019. The FC mainly discussed ways to link the IPPC Strategic framework for 2020-2030, the 5 year investment plan of the IPPC Secretariat for 2020-2024, and the IPPC Secretariat Work Plan and Budget for 2021.

The FC received an update on the financial situation of the IPPC Secretariat and focused its discussion ...

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A fruitful week for the IPPC ePhyto Project Team in the United Kingdom

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 16:25

The IPPC ePhyto solution’s technical aspects and business processes were discussed during a meeting with the national plant protection organisation (NPPO) of the United Kingdom. © FAO

12 June 2019, London - Working directly with industry representatives is essential for the success of the IPPC electronic certification (ePhyto) solution. On 10 June 2019, Peter Neimanis and Christian Dellis, respectively Chair and Technical Lead of the ePhyto Steering Group, presented the IPPC ePhyto solution at the IT Strategic Session of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) annual meeting in London. Participants learned about the progress and technical aspects of the IPPC ePhyto ...

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Enhancing food security through trade facilitation

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 09:26

How can digitising the phytosanitary certification process help to enhance food security? Craig Fedchock, Advisor at the International Plant Protection Secretariat, explains.

Read full article at: https://www.tradefacilitation.org/blog/enhancing-food-security-trade-facilitation/

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The new draft International Standard on “Audit in the phytosanitary context” is off to a good start!

Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 12:39

Expert Working Group members at the June 2019 meeting in Toronto, Canada. © FAO

3 June 2019, Toronto – The Expert Working Group (EWG) in charge of developing the draft International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on Audit in the phytosanitary context (2015-014) met in Toronto, Canada from 3 to 7 June 2019. The standard is based on the approved Specification 66.

Once adopted, this new ISPM will guide national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) conducting audits in the phytosanitary context. It will cover audits conducted by NPPOs in both exporting and importing countries; and by “third party” entities authorized by NPPOs to ...

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Together is better: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the IPPC sign a joint work plan for 2019-2020

Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019, 15:49

Dr Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD, and Dr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary of the IPPC, signed the CBD-IPPC joint work plan for 2019-2020 at the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. IPPC and CBD delegates were also present. © FAO

10 June 2019, Bern – The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) share the common objective of protecting global biodiversity. With a long history of collaboration and recognizing the importance of ensuring coherence and mutual support in implementing both Conventions, a joint work plan for both Conventions for 2019-2020 ...

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