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2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa

Posted on Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 10:35

6 September 2019, Nairobi – The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa took place from 2 to 6 September 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was attended by 37 participants representing 27 IPPC Contacting Parties, as well as representatives from the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF), the FAO Sub-regional Office for South Africa (SFS), the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC), the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau, the Standards Committee (SC) and the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC).

Participants discussed both global and regional issues such as:

  • assistance from the South African Development Community (SADC) to their member states to ...

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The 31st meeting of the IPPC Technical Consultation among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations Held in Nigeria

Posted on Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 14:22

21 October 2019, Abuja ─ The 31st meeting of the IPPC Technical Consultation (TC) among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) was held from 21st to 25th October, 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting was organized by the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC) and facilitated by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), with the presence of nearly 40 participants and observers from 7 RPPOs, IPPC Secretariat, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), the FAO Nigeria Office, and Nigerian NPPO.

The meeting was opened by Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria Dr ...

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Investing in Safe Trade – a new video launched at the STDF expert working group meeting

Posted on Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 12:31

17 October 2019, Geneva - The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)’s working group of global experts met at the World Trade Organization’s headquarters from 15 to 17 October 2019 to continue revising the STDF Strategy (2020-2024). They also reviewed grant applications for STDF funding and discussed how to increase the capacity of developing countries to implement international standards. A new video Investing in Safe Trade highlighting the benefits for developing countries of working with the STDF was launched at the meeting. It is available at:

https://www.youtube.com/c/STDFvideos

Over 40 participants from STDF partner, donor ...

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The IPPC International Symposium for Pest Free Areas (PFAs) and Surveillance

Posted on Tue, 29 Oct 2019, 10:10

28 October 2019, Shizuoka, Japan - The IPPC International Symposium for Pest Free Areas (PFAs) and Surveillance is taking place from 28 October to 1 November 2019 in Shizuoka, Japan. The symposium brings together the world's phytosanitary community to discuss these important topics. An important new Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Pest Free Areas has also been released to help International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) contracting parties implement PFAs.

The main objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Raise awareness of:

    • The international phytosanitary framework for PFA and Pest Surveillance.

    • Resources for implementing the IPPC - with an emphasis on the PFA ...

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Sri Lanka reviews its phytosanitary system to make it shine

Posted on Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 15:15

4 October 2019, Colombo - The name Lanka is derived from the Tamil word "ilanku" (இலங்கு), which means "to shine", thus making Lanka a name that means "that which shines". Indeed, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Sri Lanka wants to use the IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) to help improve and polish their phytosanitary system into a shiny gem.

From 30 September to 4 October 2019, NPPO staff and representatives from government ministries and industry gathered at the NPPO’s headquarters in Katunayake for the country’s first PCE.

The meeting was opened by Mr. W. A. Raveen ...

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Making e-commerce safer: the IPPC and the World Customs Organization join forces

Posted on Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 16:22

27 September 2019, Brussels - The pace of digital transformation of economies and businesses has accelerated and become a key driver of global trade. Furthermore, mobile technology, the internet and electronic payment systems have revolutionized the way businesses and consumers are selling and buying goods. The growth in cross-border e-commerce has resulted in new trade patterns, including growth in business-to-consumer (B2C) and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) transactions.

The increased role of consumers in individual transactions has led to phenomenal growth in the number of smaller consignments crossing borders. Worldwide parcel volumes rose by 17% to 74.4 billion parcels in 2017, up from ...

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Application of the IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS): Sri Lanka is one step closer to being the first country in Asia to “go live”

Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 16:30

24 September 2019, Colombo – The first of four practical awareness sessions on implementing the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) took place from 24 to 25 September 2019 at the National Plant Quarantine Services (NPQS) in Sri Lanka. Approximately 80 NPQS staff (inspectors, officers and assistants) attended the two-day session.

The GeNS is a centralized web-based system that allows countries without their own electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhyto) system to produce, send and receive ePhytos. Sri Lanka is one of the three pilot countries testing the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) and they will be the first country in Asia to “go ...

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The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Capacity Development: an excellent opportunity to strengthen collaboration with the STDF

Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 14:47

8 October 2019, Rome – The IPPC Secretariat’s tenth seminar, focusing on the 2019 annual theme of “Plant Health and Capacity Development”, took place at FAO headquarters on 8 October 2019. The Seminar was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary.

Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Comoros

Ms Sarah Brunel, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer, presented how the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) process helps countries identify both strengths and weaknesses in their phytosanitary systems. This allows them to develop, with consensus of all stakeholders, a strategy and action plan to address their weaknesses and build on the identified strengths.

She gave ...

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IYPH International Steering Committee approves its action plan at its third meeting

Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 16:38

Rome, 11 October 2019. The International Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH ISC) met at FAO headquarters in Rome to move decisively towards the start of 2020.

The Chairperson Mr Ralf LOPIAN opened the meeting and welcomed participants highlighting ongoing preparations being carried out in collaboration with the IYPH Secretariat, composed of the IPPC Secretariat and the FAO AGP, PSP and OCC divisions, respectively dealing with plant production and protection, partnerships, and corporate communications.

The IYPH ISC approved its action plan, and provided comments in view of finalizing the IYPH key messages. The IYPH ISC recommended ...

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CPM Bureau provides strategic direction to the IPPC community towards 2020

Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 16:13

Rome, 7 and 11 October 2019. The Bureau of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM Bureau) met at FAO headquarters in Rome back-to-back with the meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG). The meeting served as a preparation and follow-up for the SPG and provided strategic direction on key issues on the IPPC agenda.

The Chairperson Mr Javier TRUJILLO ARRIAGA opened the meeting and welcomed participants underlining that the SPG provides strategic perspectives to the work of the IPPC and provides advice to the Commission for the implementation of the Convention.

The CPM Bureau endorsed the finalized IPPC Strategic ...

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Strategic Planning Group endorses IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030

Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 12:55

Rome, 8-10 October 2019. The eighth session of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) took place at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting was attended by 36 participants from 27 countries, including CPM Bureau members, chairpersons of the IC, SC and IYPH ISC, and a representative of the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF).

The Chairperson Mr Lucien KUAME KONAN opened the SPG meeting and welcomed participants underlining that the SPG provides strategic perspectives to the work of the IPPC and provides advice to the Commission for the implementation of the Convention.

The SPG finalized the IPPC Strategic Framework for ...

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Plant health sustained by experts and policy makers at 41st European Commission on Agriculture

Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 09:20

Budapest, 1-2 October 2019. Two staff of the IPPC secretariat and contracting parties attended the 41st session of the European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), in the context of preparations for the International Year of Plant Health. Policy makers and agricultural experts from 33 countries attended the session, hosted in Budapest by the government of Hungary and organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Plant Health was high on the agenda, with a focus on the International Year of Plant Health as well as the growing impact of international trade, climate change and human mobility on the ...

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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

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 protection organizations (NPPOs) and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) were on track with ...

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International research group helps advance phytosanitary research

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 17:00

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 including standardizing approaches to treatment research; avoiding the duplication of efforts; and improving ...

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