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CPM Bureau End of Year Teleconference for 2016 held in Rome

Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 11:00

The CPM Bureau held its annual end of year teleconference on 6 December 2016. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the CPM Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. There were two key topics discussed during the meeting: 1) the Bureau’s review and approval of the IPPC Secretariat work plan and budget for 2017; and 2) the final discussions and decisions on the agenda for CPM-12 to be held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Bureau also received oral updates on a number of issues including the most ...

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The IPPC Training Workshop on Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Successfully Held in Georgia

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 14:44

The second phase of the Nationwide Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) was initiated on 31 October – 4 November 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia, under the framework of the UN-FAO Technical Cooperation Programme Facility TCP/GEO/3601/C1. Ms Ketevan Lomsadze, Capacity Development Officer (Implementation Facilitation Unit) and Ms Carmen Bullon, FAO Legal Officer, conducted a series of technical and awareness raising meetings with stakeholders. During these meetings the ongoing PCE application process, a legal report on the review of the Georgian phytosanitary legislation and weaknesses of the Phytosanitary System identified during the first phase of the PCE were discussed. The meetings were ...

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A Key Step Moving towards Preparation for CPM-12 in Republic of Korea

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 11:48

It was decided that the CPM 12 will be held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This would be a big milestone event for the IPPC as it is the first time for the CPM to be held outside of Rome. For a better preparation and organization of the CPM-12, the IPPC Secretariat organized an advance team to pay an official visit to Incheon from 28 November to 2 December 2016, including Mr Craig Fedchock, IPPC Advisor, Ms Tanja Lahti, Administrative Support, and Ms Katarina Spisiakova, Administrative Support. The main objectives of the travel were to review ...

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Important Role of the IPPC in Dealing with Invasive Alien Species in Cooperation with the CBD

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 09:03

Country representatives and observers are meeting at the UN Biodiversity Conference which is currently being held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4 to 17 December 2016. The International Plant Protection Convention community has been noted as one of the international organizations that the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity cooperates with, in particular for helping addressing issues with the management and control of Invasive Alien Species, which the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community generally refers to as pests.

According to the CBD Secretariat, invasive alien species are species that have been moved by humans, either by accident or intentionally ...

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Capacity and Team Building of the IPPC Secretariat though Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Posted on Wed, 07 Dec 2016, 08:00

A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training workshop of the IPPC Secretariat took place from 28-30 November 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Cecile Kusters from the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, with a full participation of the IPPC Secretariat’s staff. The Workshop provided an opportunity for all units (team) of the IPPC Secretariat to collaborate and exchange ideas for working more cohesively, with particular importance placed on streamlining the work of facilitating the development of international standards and supporting their implementation.

Under the Implementation Review and ...

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Great Success for the IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and “One Belt & One Road” Initiative in China

Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016, 15:09

The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and “One Belt & One Road” Initiative in China took place on 23 November 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy. The Seminar was held in the context of the Formulation Workshop of the IPPC Project on Capacity Development under the Framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. The Seminar was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, and attended by over 70 participants.

Mr Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General at FAO, made an introductory remarks by strengthening the importance of plant health in promoting food security and China, and important role of plant health in enhancing ...

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National Plant Protection Organizations contributions to addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016, 09:33

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a global issue that society as a whole needs to address, noted Codex members and observers at the Physical Working Group on Codex Alimentarius Work on Antimicrobial Resistance, held in London 29 November to 2 December 2016. The IPPC Secretariat was represented by Mr Brent Larson.

To help address this issue, National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) may also need to join in. Consideration will need to be given to the role National Plant Protection Organizations have in helping to ensure the selection and application of phytosanitary measures does not contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance. They ...

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Strong Support of the IPPC from China under the Framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation programme

Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016, 15:48

The formulation workshop on the IPPC project for strengthening the capacity of developing contracting parties to implement the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), under the Framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) programme took place in FAO Headquarters in Rome from 21-23 November 2016. The workshop was cognized by the IPPC Secretariat and TCS1 Division. More than 30 participants attended the workshop, including representatives of BRICS counties (Brazil, India, China, and South Africa), project counties (Pakistan), four RPPOs (PPPO, IAPSC, APPPC and NEPPO), and the FAO regional office in Central Asia. The FAO Technical Cooperation (TC) divisions, Strategic Programme 2 ...

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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 Sosa, the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) Lead, Adriana Moreira, Standard Setting Unit, Leanne Stewart, IFU, together with Dorota Buzon, Officer in Charge of Coordination and Support Team ...

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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 played by RPPOs. The technical consultation was facilitated by Mr Orlando Sosa, the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) Lead and Ms Sarah Brunel, Capacity Development Officer ...

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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 field of sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Ms Sarah Brunel from the Implementation Facilitation Unit of the IPPC Secretariat participated in the ...

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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 of strong leadership by the SC Chairperson, Mr Jan Bart Rossel, the dedication of all 25 SC members representing the ...

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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 Mr Jingyuan XIA, the IPPC Secretary, and attended by eleven IYPH StC members or alternates, including Mr Kenneth Kajarayekha MSISKA ...

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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 and integration of electronic systems that reduce the need for repetitive data entry. The IAG was provided with an overview of project ...

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