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Kuwait - WTO Workshop on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Posted on Tue, 02 Feb 2016, 09:17

A Regional Workshop on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement) for the Arab Region took place from 25-29 January 2016 in Kuwait. Members from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia and UAE participated in this training touching upon all aspects of the implementation of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement. IPPC Coordinator Craig Fedchock was part of the mission team composed of WTO staff and trainers from the two other international standard setting organizations recognized in the agreement, Codex and OIE.

After initial lectures and discussions the participants ...

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Achievements in Standard Setting in 2015

Posted on Mon, 01 Feb 2016, 15:50

The IPPC Standard Setting Unit (SSU) participated in the recent IPPC 2016 Annual Meeting, taking place at FAO Headquarters on 22 January 2016. The meeting was an occasion to reflect on the 2015 accomplishments and to present strategies and activities for 2016.

Mr. Brent Larson, Senior Standards Officer, presented highlights of the activities of the SSU activities over the past year. The highlights included, among others:

  1. Nine adopted standards (including annexes, Diagnostic Protocols (DPs) and Phytosanitary Treatments (PTs));
  2. 100 topics for standards worked on;
  3. Three consultations that generated 3646 comments from 48 contracting parties;
  4. 19 meetings with 273 participants prepared ...

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Plant Health Management Essential to Mitigate for Climate Change

Posted on Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 17:26

The 3rd IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Climate Change was held in FAO-HQ on 27 January. The Seminar was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the IPPC Secretariat, with over 80 participates present including those from Missions or Embassies of China, France and South Africa. There were also some participates from Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Ivory Coast, USA, etc. through virtual meeting. Three internationally recognized speakers made the speech: His Excellency Serge Tomasi (French Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome) presenting on the Achievements and Implications of COP 21 on Climate Change; Mr Martin Frick (Director of ...

Tags: Climate changePest Riskspest risk analysisSDGsplant healthphytosanitary measures
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Theme of 2016 Annual Meeting for the IPPC Secretariat: Team and Cultural Building

Posted on Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 10:09

The 2016 Annual meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 22 January at the HQ-FAO in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for 2015, to plan the core activities for 2016, and to strengthen internal management. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the IPPC, with participation of all Secretariat staff. Team Leaders, Brent Larson, David Nowell and Orlando Sosa, made briefings for the respected teams, and Craig Fedchock, the IPPC Coordinator, delivered a report for the IPPC Secretariat. All staff actively shared ...

Tags: IPPC Secretariatintegration and supportimplementation facilitationstandard setting
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A New Look for ISPMs for the New Year!

Posted on Fri, 15 Jan 2016, 11:45

As a welcome to 2016, the IPPC Secretariat has published its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) in English, French and Spanish with a brand new, modern and appealing layout: [https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/standards-setting/ispms/].

Although they are available in English, French and Spanish only at present, other language versions will follow as resources become available. Not only do these versions have a new look, but the French and Spanish versions also include ink amendments previously approved by CPM in English. This is a milestone towards aligning the language versions of the ISPMs and is the outcome ...

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Strengthening IPPC-Brazilian cooperation

Posted on Thu, 14 Jan 2016, 15:21

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, held a meeting with H. E. Ms Maria Laura da Rocha, the Ambassador of the Brazilian Permanent Representation to FAO, on 14 January 2016 in FAO-HQ. The IPPC delegation was composed of the IPPC coordinator, Mr Craig Fedchock, the Information Exchange Officer, Mr David Nowell, and the Agricultural Officer in Standard Setting, Ms Adriana Moreira; and the Brazilian Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Larissa Maria Lima Costa (alternate FAO Representative of Brazil). The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the strengthening cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the BRICS country Brazil. The ...

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Ireland supports the IYPH with EUR 25 000

Posted on Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 09:01

The Government of Ireland has entered into an Agreement with FAO and has donated EUR 25 000 in order to support the efforts to declare an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020). The donation by Ireland is the first direct financial contribution to promote the proclamation of the IYPH 2020. The IPPC Secretariat is very grateful for this donation from Ireland since it will allow it to undertake IYPH 2020 related activities which had no previous financial foundation. Dr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to the IPPC stressed that the donation by Ireland has a signal character and that ...

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Works on Harmonization of International Phytosanitary Terminology

Posted on Tue, 22 Dec 2015, 14:05

The IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) meeting was held 7 - 10 December 2015 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was opened by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, and was chaired by Mr John Hedley (New Zealand). All eight TPG members participated, including the TPG Steward, Ms Laurence Bouhot-Delduc (France), hereby representing the six official FAO languages. The TPG works on harmonization of international phytosanitary terminology, and revises the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5). It has an essential role in ensuring a holistic and horizontal review of consistency in the use of terms in all draft ISPMs.

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Strengthening Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the Joint FAO/IAEA Division (AGE)

Posted on Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 15:35

With the kind invitation by Mr Aldo Malavasi, the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, paid a visit to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (AGE) in Vienna, Austria, 14-15 December 2015. The main objective of this visit was to further strengthen cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the AGE. During the visit, Dr Xia observed and studied the Joint FAO/IAEA Division’s Laboratories at Seibersdorf, including the Insect Pest Control, the Food and Environmental Protection, and the Plant Breeding and ...

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New IPPC Online Comment System (OCS) software purchased!

Posted on Fri, 18 Dec 2015, 15:04

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce that FAO has purchased a software for a new Online Comment System (OCS) from PleaseTech following a thorough procurement process. The system, called PleaseReview, will enable IPPC members to share and submit comments on draft standards with the click of a button, and the IPPC Secretariat to manage consultation processes by automating notifications, compiling comments in an easy and efficient manner, and providing data for analysis.

Until 2014, the OCS has proven adequate in meeting user needs, as it provided a simple, efficient and user-friendly online platform, greatly facilitating the work of contact ...

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Planning Capacity Development for 2016

Posted on Tue, 15 Dec 2015, 08:34

The 7th meeting of Capacity Development Committee (CDC) was held from 30 November to 2 December 2015 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was attended by all CDC members, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau representatives and the observers from the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The meeting was chaired by Ms. Sally Jennings (New Zealand) and Mr Sam Bishop (United Kingdom) was elected as rapporteur. The meeting was officially opened by the IPPC Secretary who highlighted the immediate focus on the IPPC towards 2020 and the imminent restructuring of ...

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The First IPPC/CIHEAM Training Course on “Developing Phytosanitary Capacities”

Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015, 09:58

The 1st IPPC/CIHEAM Training Course on “Developing Phytosanitary Capacities” was held 23-27 November 2015 at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAM Bari), Italy. Fifteen students from the Mediterranean region participated in the Master 1 course on Integrated Pest Management from the Mediterranean region as the course was open to NPPOs from the Mediterranean region. The IPPC Secretariat delivered a series of courses on the recent resources developed by the IPPC Capacity Development team which were manuals on: Establishing a NPPO, Operation of a NPPO, Managing relationships with stakeholders, etc.

In addition, general presentations on the IPPC, the ISPMs ...

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The CPM Bureau Teleconference in December 2015

Posted on Fri, 11 Dec 2015, 15:09

The CPM Bureau Teleconference was held on 1st December 2015, and was chaired by Ms Kyu-Ock Yim (Republic of Korea). The main activities of the meeting included: discussion of the agenda of CPM-11 to be held 4-8 April 2016 in Rome, and approval of the 2016 Annual Work Plan and Budget of the IPPC Secretariat. Arrangements for all associated activities around the CPM-11 were set up, such as the IPPC theme for 2016, the topics and speakers for the special sessions, the full programme of side-events, as well as the International Year of Plant Health in 2020. The documents for ...

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The IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America

Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015, 14:09

The IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held 20-23 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. The Workshop was hosted by the Peruvian NPPO, organized by the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and financially supported by COSAVE, OIRSA and the IPPC Secretariat. Seventeen representatives of the IPPC contracting parties and IICA staff attended the workshop, and the IPPC Secretariat participated remotely and through videoconference during the two last days of the meeting.

The participants were quite active and in many cases helped directly to deliver the presentations and coordinate the discussions, as part of the activities prepared for the meeting ...

Tags: Regional WorkshopIPPC Regional WorkshopLatin Americastandardsdraft ISPMs
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