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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and South Africa

Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 17:20

23 November 2018, Rome - Mr Xia Jingyuan, IPPC Secretary, met with H.E. Mr Senzeni Zokwana, South Africa’s Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, during the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Minister Zokwana was accompanied by H.E. Prof Shirish M. Soni, the South African Ambassador to Italy.

The IPPC Secretary Xia expressed his gratitude to Minister Zokwana and Ambassador Soni for South Africa’s continuous and strong support to the IPPC’s dispute settlement activity. He also briefed them on important IPPC developments including commodity and pathway standards ...

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From a project to an operational reality: Highlights from the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group and Project Technical Committee meeting

Posted on Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 17:08

7 December 2018, Tokyo – The IPPC ePhyto Project Technical Committee (PTC) and IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met in Tokyo, Japan from 3 to 7 December 2018 to review and provide feedback on the recently developed Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS); and several ePhyto strategies.

The GeNS allows countries to produce, send and receive electronic phytosanitary certificates through a harmonised exchange tool called a "hub". The hub was released for country use in June 2018, while the GeNS system will start its pilot phase during the first quarter of 2019 and will be released during the second and third quarters ...

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The UN International Year of Plant Health 2020 and protecting plants from invasive alien species: Side event at COP 14

Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 09:58

The IPPC helps safeguard biodiversity by protecting the environment from invasive alien species such as the water hyacinth. This and other related topics were presented at a Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-14) side event. ©FAO/L. Lizzi

19 November 2018, Sharm El Sheikh - The International Year of Plant Health 2020 and the IPPC’s work in protecting plants from invasive alien species were highlighted during a side event at the 2018 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD - COP 14) held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The side event called ...

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Making sure we all speak the same language – the Technical Panel on the Glossary meets to discuss IPPC terminology

Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 09:17

6 December 2018, Rome - The IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) meeting was hosted by the Italian National Plant Protection Organization from 3 to 6 December 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Mr Federico Sòrgoni from the “Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali” warmly welcomed the TPG members and experts representing all six official FAO languages. He highlighted the panel’s important role in ensuring that the global IPPC community uses the same language and terminology in their work.

The TPG develops and revises the phytosanitary terms in the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5). It also ensures consistency in ...

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Helping make sea containers pest-free: Meeting of the Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF)

Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 12:06

9 November 2018, Shenzhen, China - With the huge volume of international trade, sea containers can become vehicles for plant pests and diseases to spread into new areas. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has therefore set up a special Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) to deal with this specific issue. The SCTF’s second meeting recently took place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Shenzhen, China where participants:

  • reviewed the Terms of Reference (ToRs) and the Rules of Procedures (RoP) of the IPPC SCTF;

  • discussed the Commission on Phystosanitary Measure’s Recommendation (R-06) on Sea Containers – in particular the ...

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A clearer governance structure and new strategic directions: Highlights from the IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee meeting

Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 10:27

Participants at the third IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee meeting in Rome. © FAO

30 November 2018, Rome - The third meeting of the IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) was held between 26 and 30 November 2018 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting addressed the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures’ (CPM) request to establish a clear management and governance structure for this new committee established in 2017. New strategies to enhance high priority IC activities such as the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE), the development of guides and training materials, phytosanitary capacity development projects, collaboration between the IC and ...

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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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