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IPPC and World Bank Seek to Increase Collaboration

Posted on Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 15:12

On November 18, 2016, the IPPC Secretariat welcomed Mr. William John Gain, Global Program Manager for the Trade Logistics Advisory Service at the World Bank, for a meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Mr. Gain visited the IPPC Secretariat for extensive discussions on collaboration between the two organizations in matters of trade facilitation. Task Force for Resource Mobilization members: Craig Fedchock, IPPC Advisor, Marko Benovic, Executive Officer for Budget and Planning, Orlando...

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The 28th IPPC Technical Consultation among Regional Plant Protection Organizations Successfully Held in Morocco

Posted on Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 15:02

The 28th Technical Consultation (TC) among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) was held from 14th to 18th November 2016 in Rabat, Morocco. The meeting was organized by the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), with the presence of, for the first time, all 9 RPPOs and a representative from the Caribbean by the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA).

Mr Jinguang Xia, IPPC Secretary opened the meeting and emphasized the important role ...

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The IPPC contribution to the Advanced Course on Implementing the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement

Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 14:07

The Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) took place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 October to 4 November 2016. The objective the SPS course was to enable government officials to better implement the WTO-SPS agreement on food safety, animal and plant health measures. The Course was held in French and represents the highest level of training (“level 3”). It was attended by 25 government officials from WTO members and observers working in the f...

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A Record Number of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) Moving towards Adoption

Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 12:36

The Standards Committee (SC) met from 14-18 November 2016 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Five International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) were approved to be adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) at its next meeting in April 2017. This was just after the SC also approved 11 phytosanitary treatments to go forward for adoption.

This is the first time in the history of the IPPC that 16 standards will be presented for adoption. This is the result...

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The First Steering Committee Meeting on IYPH 2020 Successfully Held in Rome

Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016, 09:22

The first meeting of the Steering Committee (StC) on the International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020) took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 9 to 11 November 2016, resulting in the development of concrete steps forward to ensuring the proclamation of IYPH 2020. The IYPH StC was established by the eleventh Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-11) in April 2016 to plan and oversee the implementation of support activities towards IYPH 2020.

The meeting was opened by...

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The Second Meeting of the IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) Held in Belgium

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 10:45

The Second meeting of the IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) met on 10 November 2016 in Brussels Belgium, including the members from various international plant and plant product industry associations. The objective and activity of the meeting were to provide advice to the IPPC Secretariat on the development of an ePhyto Solution.

The IAG is very supportive of the ePhyto project and supports the development of a data transfer Solution that is useful in both facilitating trade...

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The Asian Workshop on Implementation of e-SPS Certification Systems Held in Thailand

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 09:46

The Asian Workshop on Implementation of e-SPS Certification Systems was hosted at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP)’s headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2016. The Workshop was attended by Mr. Shane Sela (the IPPC Secretariat’s ePhyto Project Manager) and Ms. Kenza LeMentec (the Programme Officer of STDF), as well as the eleven countries from the Asian region and experts from the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITE...

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The 4th Training Workshop on the PCE Facilitators for the IPPC Contracting Parties successfully organized in Italy

Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016, 17:17

Held in Ronciglione, Italy, from October 17th – 28th 2016, the 4th training workshop on the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitators brought together eight carefully selected phytosanitary experts from Francophone Africa and 2 lawyers. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in facilitating the application of the PCE tool. This two-week intensive training was conducted in an effort to improve existing or planned phytosanitary capacity systems w...

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The meeting on Technical Operation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) held in Ghana

Posted on Fri, 28 Oct 2016, 22:05

The meeting on Technical Operation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) was held from 24-28 October 2016 at Pokuase, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. The meeting was facilitated by Mr Shane Sela, the IPPC ePhyo Project Manager, and supported with Mr Josiah Syanda, the member of the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG). The meeting was attended by Mr Ebenezer Aboagye, the Acting Director, and his project team from the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry...

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“Stop those pests!” – Great Success for CFS-43 Side Event

Posted on Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 09:51

“Stop those pests!” - The side event was co-organized by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia with a manifold success. The side event was held during the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS-43) on 18 October 2016, and marked an important event for plant health awareness promotion. The side event was chaired and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary; and five d...

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Strong support of the IPPC for strengthening NPPO and developing phytosanitary legislation in the Republic of South Sudan

Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016, 10:28

The Republic of South Sudan has an immense potential for sustainable agricultural development, with abundant rainfall, diverse soil and climatic conditions which provide multiple options to grow different crops. Although a very small area of the South Soudan territory is cultivated, more than half of the total area is prime agricultural land. Pest prevention and control is of paramount importance in the country. The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 and is currently a...

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The Contribution of the IPPC to Achieving UN SDGs for 2030 Agenda

Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016, 10:07

The 5th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting was held from 4-6 October 2016 in Rome, Italy, with the theme “IPPC Contribution to Achieving UN SDGs for 2030 Agenda”. The meeting was chaired by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, the Vice CMP Bureau Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. Over 30 participants attended the meeting, who came from more than 25 IPPC contracting parties as well as all team leaders of the IPPC Secretariat.

Mr Xia made a keynote pre...

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The CPM Bureau Meeting Held around the Annual IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting in Rome

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 10:43

The CPM Bureau held a successful meeting spread over 4 and 7 October 2016 around the annual IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting, in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the Bureau Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by all the Bureau members (except North America) as well all team leaders of the IPPC Secretariat. For the first time the Chairperson of the IPPC Standards Committee (SC) was invited to att...

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The IPPC continues to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement in setting International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 08:32

The IPPC Secretariat is pleased to announce that the number of countries commenting has almost doubled from 2011 (see graph above).This July, the IPPC Secretariat opened consultation periods through the new Online Comment System (OCS) for the highest number of standards ever processed by the IPPC Secretariat during a consultation period. A grand total of 84 IPPC Official contact points provided comments on 11 standards; a huge increase fro...

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