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Change is coming: the third meeting of the IPPC Sea Containers Task Force held in Baltimore, USA

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 17:16

Participants at the September 2019 IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) meeting. © FAO

23 September 2019, Baltimore - The third meeting of IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) took place in Baltimore, USA, from 23 to 27 September 2019. The main objective of the meeting was to review the SCTF’s work since it was established in 2017; and to decide on a road map for developing recommendations for the Implementation and Capacity development committee (IC) and the 2021 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-16).

The SCTF:

  • Reviewed their Terms of Reference and concluded that the SCTF, the IPPC Secretariat, national plant ...

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International research group helps advance phytosanitary research

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 17:00

Participants at the 2019 Phytosanitary Measures Research Group meeting in Cairns, Australia. © FAO

27 September 2019, Cairns -The Phytosanitary Measures Research Group (PMRG) met from 24 to 27 September 2019 in Cairns, Australia. The PMRG - an independent organization of scientists, regulators and industry experts - provides scientific research and analysis that contributes to the development of phytosanitary treatments. The meeting was attended by 28 participants from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States of America and a representative from the IPPC Secretariat.

The PMRG has worked closely with the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) on several issues ...

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Linking the IPPC Secretariat’s budget to the new 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic framework: results from the IPPC Financial committee (FC) meeting

Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019, 13:24

Participants at the October 2019 IPPC Finance Committee (FC) meeting. © FAO

7 October 2019, Rome - The IPPC Finance Committee (FC) met in Rome on 7 October 2019 to review the overall financial situation of the IPPC Secretariat, progress made on several pending matters, and how to link the IPPC budget to the 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic Framework.

The IPPC Secretariat first presented its 2019 resource mobilization report; and a progress report on the implementation of the 2019 work plan and budget. The 2020 work plan and budget, as well as the first draft of the 2021 work plan and budget, were ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Solution discusses Blockchain's potential in agricultural supply chains at the 2019 OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum

Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019, 11:24

Photo: Panelists (L-R): Mr Marco Aloe (SICPA), Mr Glyn Chancey (CSGA), Ms Marie-Agnès Jouanjean (OECD), Markus Mutz (OpenSC) and Ms Aoife Cassin (IPPC Secretariat) © OECD

12 September 2019, Paris - The 2019 OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum was opened by Mr Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, who welcomed all attendees. He called the forum a“unique platform to discuss how distributed ledger technologies, like Blockchain, are affecting the environment in which policy is implemented, as well as their potential as tools for achieving policy objectives”.

As a representative of the IPPC ePhyto Solution project team, Ms Aoife Cassin, was invited to participate ...

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Determining an area’s pest status: experts meet to draft a new guide

Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 2019, 11:51

Working Group experts meet in Rome, Italy to start developing a Pest Status Guide. © FAO

16 September 2019, Rome – An expert working group met in Rome from 16 to 20 September 2019 to kick off the development of a Pest Status Guide (2017-048). Indeed, determining the status of pests within a country is crucial for national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) engaged in performing pest risk assessments, developing and maintaining regulated pest lists, establishing phytosanitary measures, issuing phytosanitary certificates and reporting on pests. Furthermore, a lack of information on pest status can limit market access or lead to unwarranted protective measures ...

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Excellent regional cooperation during the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop in Latin America

Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 2019, 10:22

The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was organized in Medellín, Colombia from 3 to 6 September 2019. @ ICA

3 September 2019, Medellín - The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held in Medellín, Colombia from 3 to 6 September 2019. Thirty-five persons from 19 IPPC contracting parties and several institutions attended the workshop. The FAO Agricultural Officer of the Subregional Office for Mesoamerica (FAO-SLM) was also present.

The workshop was co-organized by the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA); the three Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) in Latin America – the Communidad Andina (CAN), the Comite Regional de Sanidad Vegetal ...

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Plant health is important for Caribbean tourism declares Minister at the IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean

Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019, 14:54

Participants at the 2019 Regional Workshop for the Caribbean. © FAO

12 September 2019, Antigua and Barbuda – The 2019 International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop for the Caribbean took place from 10 to 12 September 2019. Representatives from the following 12 Caribbean countries attended the workshop: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

In his opening remarks, the Honorable Dean JONAS, the Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, highlighted the importance of plant health for the Caribbean’s ...

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IPPC Regional Workshop for Europe and Central Asia held in Chisinau

Posted on Mon, 23 Sep 2019, 09:47

Opening of the IPPC Regional Workshop for Europe and Central Asia © National Food Safety Agency of Moldova

2-5 September 2019, Chisinau. Agricultural experts from 26 countries of Europe and Central Asia met in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova’s capital city, for the annual IPPC regional workshop. Participants discussed draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) currently under consultation, reflected on national capacity development issues, and interacted on regional phytosanitary priorities.

The workshop, held from 2 to 5 September, was organized by the IPPC Secretariat in cooperation with FAO and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). The meeting ...

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Help us promote the IYPH 2020 with your plant health story!

Posted on Mon, 23 Sep 2019, 09:22

The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote plant health. You can help by sending us your story using the International Year of Plant Health – My Story template by 15 November 2019. Submissions should be sent to IYPH@fao.org.

Your stories can inspire people around the world to take action and protect plants from pests and diseases. The most inspiring stories will be translated into six languages, published on the IYPH website and other platforms, and reach a global audience.

What kind of stories are we looking for?

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The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health held in Rome

Posted on Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 15:29

Opening of the second IYPH Steering Committee meeting © IPPC Secretariat

16 September 2019, Rome - The International Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH-ISC) met on 16 September 2019 in Rome to discuss IYPH preparations. The meeting was chaired by Mr Ralf LOPIAN, the Chairperson of IYPH- ISC (Finland). Participants included 11 members representing FAO regions and partner organizations and 4 observers from FAO Regional Offices. Representatives of the IYPH Secretariat also attended and supported the meeting, which is composed of the FAO Partnerships Division (PSP), the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and the IPPC Secretariat with ...

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The IPPC ePhyto project receiving an innovation reward at the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum

Posted on Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 09:58

IPPC ePhyto Project group members, host and funders. © IPPC Secretariat

17 September 2019, New Delhi. The IPPC ePhyto Project received a trade facilitation innovation award at the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum held from 17-18 September 2019 in New Delhi, India. The theme of the forum was "Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation for Regional Prosperity". The IPPC received the award for the piloting and implementation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) in Samoa and Sri Lanka.

The award was received by Mr Craig Fedchock, the ePhyto Project Leader of the IPPC Secretariat – and also in attendance were Mr Venkatram ...

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The 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations Workshop for the Near East and North Africa

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 16:13

Participants of the 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations Workshop for NENA © FAO

5 September 2019, Beirut - The 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations (NRO) Workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 5 to 6 September 2019. Thirty-seven representatives and observers attended the workshop. They came from 16 IPPC contracting parties, FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP-AG), FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa Region (FAO-RNE), the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), the Arab Society for Plant Protection (ASPP) and the IPPC Secretariat.

Dr Jingyuan Xia, the ...

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The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 15:56

Opening Ceremony of the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa which took place in Beirut, Lebanon © NEPPO

2 September 2019, Beirut -The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 2 to 5 September 2019. Thirty-five representatives and observers attended the workshop. They came from 16 IPPC contracting parties, as well as from the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP-AG), the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa Region (FAO-RNE), the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), the Arab Society for ...

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The first IPPC ePhyto workshop for the Southwest Pacific

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 13:24

Participants at the first IPPC ePhyto workshop for the Southwest Pacific held in August 2019. © FAO

29 August 2019, Nadi, Fiji - The first International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto workshop for the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) was held in Nadi, Fiji from 29 to 30 August 2019. It was attended by the 17 members of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) and funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

The workshop was successful with 15 countries expressing interest in using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS ...

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