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Trading healthy seeds to ensure a healthy future

Posted on Sat, 08 Apr 2017, 03:34

The world wants more international standards on plant health and proof of this is the record number of standards that were adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) today in Incheon, Korea. An unprecedented 26 standards had been submitted which attests to global concerns about protecting plants from pests.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is recognized by the World Trade Organization as the only standard-setting organization in the world for plant health. IPPC standards are developed to protect plants which helps improve food security, alleviate poverty and reduce trade barriers. As FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has ...

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Webcast and Twitter storm of CPM-12 Special Topic session

Posted on Fri, 07 Apr 2017, 09:33

The CPM-12 special topic session will be webcast live on Monday 10 April from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Incheon, Republic of Korea local time).

You can follow it here.

Please also note that a Twitter storm is organized through the IPPC account: https://twitter.com/ippcnews

The question that will be asked is: "What does your organization suggest and pledge to stop the entry and spread of #pests through #eCommerce?". Get prepared!

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Important Start for Development of IPPC ePhyto Hub

Posted on Fri, 07 Apr 2017, 09:29

On March 30th 2017, Mr. Shane Sela, the ePhyto Project Manager of the IPPC Secretariat had a meeting with Mr. Simon Jones, Director of UNICC , Mr. Venkat Vekateswaran, Mr. Shashank Rai and Mr. Oliver Neff of the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC). The purpose of the meeting was to finalize plans for commencing development of the hub including the structure of service help-desk facilities, the strategy for initial outreach to pilot countries and the timeline for delivery. The IPPC Secretariat working through the FAO Chief Information Office has established an agreement with UNICC to begin construction of the hub ...

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The Twelfth Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures Ceremoniously Opened in Incheon, the Republic of Korea

Posted on Thu, 06 Apr 2017, 15:01

The twelfth Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 12) was ceremoniously opened at the Songdo Convensia, Incheon, the Republic of Korea, in the afternoon of 5 April 2017. This is the first CPM that is held outside of Rome in the IPPC history. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Jae-soo Kim (Minister of MAFRA of the Republic of Korea), Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan (Assistant Director General of RAP-FAO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya (Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, WCO), Mr. Jeong-Bok Yoo (Mayor of Incheon City), Mr. Bong-kyun Park (Commissioner of Animal and Plant Quarantine and Inspection, APQI ...

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Ministers endorse action plan to stop spread of Red Palm Weevil

Posted on Thu, 06 Apr 2017, 14:29

The final day of a three day event 29 – 31 March 2017, to debate and define an international action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil (RPW) brought together agricultural ministers and decision makers to review and consider the endorsement of a proposed multi-disciplinary and multi-regional programme and strategy for effective management of RPW.

The new framework, discussed and debated over the course of the first two days during the [Scientific Consultation and High-Level Meeting on Red Palm Weevil[2], places the focus on the effective implementation of cross-border phytosanitary standards and aims to provide technical assistance ...

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Close Cooperation of the IPPC with Canada in the Phytosanitary Areas

Posted on Thu, 06 Apr 2017, 10:28

A bilateral meeting between the IPPC Secretariat and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was held at the Oakwood Hotel in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 3 April 2017 just before the CPM 12. The delegation of the IPPC, led by Mr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary), was composed of Mr. Craig Fedchock (IPPC Advisor), Mr. Brent Larson (Lead of SSU), Mr. Orlando Sosa (Lead of IFU), Mr. Shane Sela (ePhyto Project Manager), and Mr. Marko Benovic (Executive Officer). The Canadian delegation, headed by Ms. Darlene Blair (Chief Plant Health Officer), also included Ms. Marie-Claude Forest (National Manager of Standard Setting ...

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The IPPC-SPS Side Event on Trade Facilitation held in Geneva

Posted on Wed, 05 Apr 2017, 10:42

Copyright IPPC 2017 - IPPC Secretariat participates in the STDF Working Group meeting March 2017

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Working Group (WG) meeting was held from 20 - 21 March 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Ketevan Lomsadze, IPPC Agricultural Officer, attended the meeting and informed the STDF WG on the experiences and lessons learned under the Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS) of the IPPC. The IRSS is a tool to review contracting parties’ challenges and successes in implementing the IPPC and ISPMs. It was highlighted that the IRSS allows the IPPC to identify and address potential and emerging implementation ...

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Webcast of CPM12 Opening session UPDATED LINK

Posted on Wed, 05 Apr 2017, 08:00

The CPM-12 opening session was webcast live on Wednesday 5 April at 2:00 pm (Incheon, Republic of Korea local time). You can find the recording of the session here.

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The 6th IPPC Seminar on the Contribution of the IPPC to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil Pest

Posted on Mon, 03 Apr 2017, 11:11

The 6th IPPC Seminar on “Stop the Red Palm Weevil: Contribution of the IPPC to prevent the spread of this pest” took place in the FAO Headquarters on March 29th 2017. The seminar was chaired by IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia, with opening remarks presented by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the FAO, H.E. Mohammed Ahmed M. Alghamdi. The seminar was attended by over 120 participants, including Permanent Representatives to FAO, government officers, researchers, and FAO staff from various FAO departments.

The seminar was held as part of a Scientific Consultation and High-level Meeting on Red Palm Weevil Management ...

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Major Achievements of the Task Force for Resource Mobilization of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016 and its Key Activities for 2017

Posted on Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 19:23

With the purpose to assist the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat in ensuring sustainable and sufficient funding in order to fulfil the IPPC strategic objectives, the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM) had a very productive 2016 year. The notable achievements were as follows:

1) Progress in developing initiative for sustainable funding of the IPPC Secretariat. At CPM-11, the IPPC Secretary urged contracting parties to continue to support the IPPC work programme. In collaboration with CPM Bureau and FC, a sustainable funding proposal was proposed in June FC and Bureau, and discussed in in October SPG. There are two ...

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The ePhyto Steering Group and Project Technical Committee Meeting Held in Geneva

Posted on Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 09:32

The ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) and Project Technical Committee (PTC) meeting was held from 13-17 March 2017 at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland. The main objective of the meeting was to advance development of the ePhyto Solution. The meeting was attended by Mr. Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Advisor) and Mr. Shane Sela (the IPPC ePhtoto Project Manager), as well as all relevant ESG and PTC members.

The ESG members reviewed the specifications for hub and generic ePhyto national system (GeNS) with the IPPC’s service provider, the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC). The ESG finalized the specifications ...

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Achievements of the Integration and Support Team in 2016 and its Core Activities for 2017

Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 17:24

The Integration and Support Team (IST) deals with crosscutting activities of the IPPC Secretariat in close cooperation with Standard Setting Unit SSU) and Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU), and Task Force of Communication and Advocacy (TFCA). The major achievements of the IST in 2016 are highlighted as follows:

1) Adopted General and Specific IPPC NRO Procedures at CPM-11, released 12 issues of newsletter NRO Update, and held the first IPPC Workshop on NRO for Asian countries.

2) Released renewed IPP homepage and new Online Comment System, revised the structure for IRSS pages, and released a new Help Desk.

3) Assist organization ...

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IPPC collaboration with World Bank towards supporting effective implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Malawi

Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 08:16

Photo Copyright IPPC 2017: Malawian general notice advising travelers to declare agricultural commodities

A Trade Facilitation Agreement validation mission was conducted on 22-28 January 2017, in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi with the participation of Ketevan Lomsadze, Agricultural Officer of the IPPC Secretariat, and several experts from the World Bank. The WTOs Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is an agreement which aim is to help lower trade costs and ease customs cooperation for its member countries. The IPPC Secretariat and the World Bank's objective was to determine Malawi’s current capacity and needs for effective implementation of the WTO TFA, and ...

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The 2nd IPPC Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Held towards building Staff’s Capacity for the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 18:21

Photo Copyright IPPC, 2017: Monitoring and Evaluation workshop February 2017

The 2nd IPPC Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop was held from 15-17 February 2017 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The main objective of the workshop was to continuously strengthen staff’s capability for the IPPC Secretariat. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Cecile Kusters from the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University in the Netherlands and attended by all the IPPC Secretariat staff.

This three day M&E workshop focused on progressing the Theory of Change (ToC) schematic and capturing the IPPC work activities and Strategic Framework ...

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