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WTO-SPS Committee considers next steps for Fall Armyworm and the involvement of International Standard Setting Bodies

Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019, 13:08

Fall Armyworm @FAO/Anne-Sophie Poisot

22 March 2019, Geneva - The World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (WTO-SPS) met to review specific trade concerns and reports, the outcomes of their thematic session on Fall Armyworm (FAW) and the fifth review of the operation and implementation of the SPS Agreement.

Some SPS members expressed interest in using the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 to highlight the FAW problem. They learned that the IPPC Secretariat helps prevent the spread of FAW, while other FAO divisions are more involved in managing infestations. SPS members were encouraged to inform the IPPC ...

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The STDF acknowledges recent successes: a new suite of phytosanitary guides and a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) that led to funding

Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019, 09:11

Fresh mangos ready for export from Guinea. After a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE), Guinea developed a National Phytosanitary Development Strategy which led to additional funding. ©Mamadouba Camara

15 March 2019, Geneva – The Standard Trade and Development Facility (STDF) working group met to discuss progress made on its work plan, review grant applications, start the process of updating the STDF strategy and discuss ways to improve border services while ensuring safe trade.

The results of the evaluation of the IPPC Secretariat’s implementation of the STDF 350 project (Production of IPPC Guides and training materials) were presented. There was general agreement ...

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New standards to curb the global spread of plant pests and diseases

Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019, 10:11

A technician checks olives for pests' infestations in Italy where Xylella fastidiosa has led to the decline of 180,000 hectares of olive groves. © FAO/ A. Pierdomenico

3 April 2019, Rome - The body charged with keeping plant pests and diseases at bay and trade in plants safe has adopted new international measures to prevent pests from crossing borders and spreading.

The standards, including protocols to block highly invasive pests such as Xylella fastidiosa and the oriental fruit fly, were approved during the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures' (CPM) annual meeting this week.

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Sharing experiences in developing plant health capacity at CPM-14

Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019, 06:00

1 April 2019, Rome – During the 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14), a side session on Plant Health and Capacity Development was successfully organized. Ms Olga Lavrentjeva, chairperson of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) opened the session. As 2019 is the IPPC Year of Plant Health and Capacity Development, different approaches for developing phytonisatary capacity were discussed.

Ms Susanne Weigand, Coordinator of Plant Health from the University of Göttingen, presented the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Programme in Plant Health which covers plant health and sustainable cropping systems. She also introduced her institution’s planned activities ...

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The Director-General of the DG-SANTE of the European Commission delivers keynote address at the 14th Commission on Phytosanitary Measures of the IPPC

Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 20:02

Dr. Anne Bucher, the Director-General of the DG-SANTE of the European Commission (EC) emphasized the importance of plant health and capacity development in her keynote address at the CPM-14 of the IPPC.

1 April 2019, Rome–Dr. Anne Bucher, the Director-General of the DG-SANTE of the European Commission (EC) delivered the keynote address on Plant Health and Capacity Development at the14th session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) of the IPPC, which is taking place at FAO headquarters in Rome from 1 to 5 April 2019. She welcomed the IPPC Community’s decision to dedicate 2019 to “Plant Health ...

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The fourteenth Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) opening session highlights successes and the future of plant health

Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 17:03

In his opening address, Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of the Agricultural Department (AG) stressed that adopting sustainable agriculture practices, protecting the environment and biodiversity, and facilitating safe trade were all essential for plant health. © FAO/ S. Moon

1 April 2019, Rome - The fourteenth session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) has opened at FAO headquarters. A record number of nearly 500 participants from over 145 contracting parities, and 30 observation organizations attended the meeting.

Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of the Agriculture and Consumers Protection Department (AG), delivered an opening address; Dr. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula ...

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The forthcoming 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14)

Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 18:33

Dear IPPC contracting parties, RPPOs and IPPC partners,

We are glad to announce that the 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) is coming closer. The CPM-14 will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome from 1 to 5 April 2019.

Besides the plenary events, a pre-CPM session on ePhyto will take place on Monday to demonstrate and present the latest developments of the IPPC ePhyto Solution project. Moreover, five side sessions and a special topic session on a variety of plant health topics will take place. They will cover:

  • phytosanitary capacity development;
  • commodities and pathway standards;
  • safe ...

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The IPPC Financial committee (FC) makes final preparations with regard to finance and budget related issues for the CPM-14

Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 18:16

27 March 2019, Rome – The IPPC Finance Committee (FC) met prior to the start of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14). The FC reviewed budgetary and finance related CPM-14 documents and the progress made in the financial management of the IPPC Secretariat since their last meeting.

The IPPC Secretariat presented the financial report for 2018; the resource mobilization report for 2018; and the work plan and budget for 2020. The FC also discussed financial issues related to the IPPC ePhyto solution; the celebration of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020; and the challenge of fully funding these ...

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Boosting new collaboration between the IPPC Secretariat and the DG SANTE of the European Commission

Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 12:19

Dr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), at a meeting with representatives from the DG SANTE of the European Commission (EC) at EC-HQs in Brussels.

22 March 2019, Brussels - The IPPC/FAO delegation met with representatives from the DG SANTE of the European Commission (EC) as a follow-up to their meeting held in November 2018. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss ways to boost the new collaboration between the IPPC Secretariat and the DG SANTE of the EC.

During the meeting, the IPPC Secretary Xia expressed his sincere gratitude to the DG ...

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Sign up for the IPPC CPM-14 Mobile App with everything you need for CPM-14!

Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 09:25

Rome, 27 March 2019 -The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in collaboration with the FAO IT department (CIO) has built a mobile app for 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) that will greatly simplify participant’s experience at CPM-14.

The app can be downloaded for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android. It contains all the information you need for the event plus extra features to enhance your experience such as networking opportunities, schedules, and much more. The app allows you to:

  • Access scheduled sessions and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • Access meeting documents
  • Locate meeting ...

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The IPPC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) agree on a Joint Work Plan for Cooperation

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 09:43

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya and the Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Mr. Jingyuan Xia.

18 March 2019, Rome - At the invitation of the Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the IPPC Secretariat hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Both parties agreed on a Joint Work Plan for Cooperation (2019-2022) between the two Organizations, following on from the IPPC-WCO Cooperation Agreement signed on 19 June 2018.

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Improving the Monitoring and Evaluation System for the IPPC Secretariat and IPPC Community

Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 12:03

19 February 2019, Rome - The IPPC Secretariat’s Task Force on Monitoring and Evaluation (TFME) organized a two-day workshop to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework. The new M&E framework will help improve the IPPC Secretariat’s ability to monitor the implementation of the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030 once adopted. It will also provide guidance to contacting parties seeking to establish their own national M&E frameworks.

During the workshop, which took place from 18 to 19 February 2019, the IPPC Community‘s Theory of Change (ToC) was updated. The IPPC Secretariat’s M&E matrix was ...

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A New Memorandum of Understanding with the IPPC Secretariat will help Sri Lanka Boost its Phytosanitary Capacity

Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019, 12:22

A historical moment: signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the IPPC Secretariat and the Sri Lankan NPPO. Through the MoU, Sri Lanka will become a pilot country for the IPPC-China South South Cooperation Project. © IPPC Secretariat.

25 February 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka - Through its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, China aims to reactivate the ancient silk trade routes. This effort to promote trade and build infrastructure across maritime and terrestrial pathways has phytosanitary consequences. To prevent the introduction and spread of pests along these pathways, China is investing resources to strengthen collaboration and build the phytosanitary capacities of the ...

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Nicaragua aims for excellence in its phytosanitary system and conducts its first Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation

Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 14:19

The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation team visiting the USD 40 million new border post with Costa Rica in Peñas Blancas. © IPSA

4 February 2019, Managua - In 2014, Nicaragua enacted a new phytosanitary regulation and put a strong focus on improving its phytosanitary system, as agriculture is the major economic activity in the country. Nicaragua strives to increase its market access and protect its territory. To reach this objective, the Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria (IPSA) in collaboration with FAO agreed to conduct a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE).

A PCE is a process which brings together all relevant national stakeholders to ...

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