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IPPC Community strongly represented at Climate Change COP 23 in Bonn, Germany

Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 11:02

The IPPC community was strongly represented at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP-23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the first time the topic of plant health was broadly discussed at a climate change COP through a side event on organized during the COP-23 on 12 November 2017.

The main objective of the side event on climate change and plant health was to initiate discussion and raise awareness over the impacts of climate change on pest distribution and early occurrence, and subsequently on plant health and food security.

Over thirty participants attended the event, which ...

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The 29th Technical Consultation among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations convened in Paris, France

Posted on Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 10:29

EPPO 2017. TC RPPO meeting delegates participated in a technical visit to capture the phytosanitary control functioning at the Rungis wholesale market in Paris France – the largest wholesale food market in the world.

The 29th Technical Consultation (TC) among Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) was held from the 30th October to 3 November 2017 in Paris France. The meeting was organized and hosted by the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) with the attendance of 9 RPPOs, and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), the proposed RPPO for the Caribbean region.

Meeting participants received welcome addresses from the ...

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A Successful Case for Promoting the application of the IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool in Georgia

Posted on Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 12:43

Georgian National Food Agency 2017. IPPC, FAO and Georgian National Food Agency staff convene to discuss the draft phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan.

The IPPC Secretariat’s final Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) related mission was held from 15 – 21 October 2017 in Tbilisi Georgia. The purpose of the mission was to finalize the PCE application, to discuss the draft phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan, a legal review, legal recommendations, and to plan follow-up actions to implement the strategy. The overall purpose of the PCE application is to develop and implement a Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy for Georgia that will allow ...

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Successful Completion of the 2017 IPPC Regional Workshops

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 11:49

The IPPC Secretariat and newly established regional committees comprised of Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional offices, cooperation institutions and national hosts successfully organized seven IPPC regional workshops for 2017. The IPPC workshops were held in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Near East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Southwest Pacific and the Caribbean. The purpose of the IPPC regional workshops are to sensitise participants on how to analyse draft ISPMs and formulate substantive comments, to build phytosanitary capacity and raise awareness of IPPC-related activities for the year, and ...

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FAO and IPPC Supported Lebanon to Strengthen its Capacity in Fruit Flies Surveillance and Management

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 10:53

The wrap up workshop of the TCP/LEB/3502 project on “Fruit Flies Surveillance and Management in Lebanon” was held in Beirut on Friday 20th of October 2017. The workshop was officially opened by H.E. Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, Mr Ghazi Zaeter and FAO Representative to Lebanon, Mr Maurice Saade. IPPC Secretariat was represented at this workshop by the Integration and Support Team Leader and Project Lead Technical Officer, Mr Shoki Al-Dobai.

The project was launched in December 2014 to assist Lebanon in preparing and implementing a national programme for surveillance and management of fruit flies Lebanon, in addition ...

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IPPC supports Barbados in its 2nd application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation tool

Posted on Tue, 31 Oct 2017, 08:58

Copyright Fitzroy White 2017. PCE workshop participants reviewing PCE modules during Barbados’ 2nd PCE Workshop held in Bridgetown Barbados

A second mission for the application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool was conducted in Bridgetown Barbados, October 2 – 6, 2017. This mission was carried out by Mr. Fitzroy White, PCE Facilitator trained through STDF 401 Project to validate the work conducted during the 1st PCE workshop held in May. It also served to guide the finalization of the PCE process for Barbados, and to prepare for the development of a strategic plan to take place during the 3rd and ...

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Record number of IPPC Contracting Parties using Online Commenting System!

Posted on Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 12:12

Launched in 2016, the new IPPC Online Comment System (OCS) continues to strengthen IPPC Official Contracting Party participation in developing international standards for phytosanitary measures. 2017 has not only seen an increase in the number of IPPC users providing comments (see graph above), it also has seen the highest number of standards out for consultation in IPPC history – 17! The OCS was also used this year by Contracting Parties and IPPC stakeholders for consultations on topics other than standards, including documents produced for the International Year of Plant Health and the ePhyto Steering Group. Numerous comments were received from individuals ...

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The IPPC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Stakeholder Engagement Meeting Held in Wellington, New Zealand

Posted on Wed, 25 Oct 2017, 10:53

IPPC 2017. Meeting participants convened in Wellington, New Zealand to brainstorm and discuss the draft IPPC M&E Framework

The IPPC monitoring and evaluation framework stakeholder engagement meeting was held from 25 – 28th September 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. The meeting was hosted by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and attended by ten plant health experts from Belize, Canada, Estonia, New Zealand, Singapore, Tonga and the United Kingdom as well as Mr. Orlando Sosa, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Unit Leader. The meeting was jointly facilitated by Ms. Leanne Stewart, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer and Ms. Cecile Kusters, Senior ...

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The 14th meeting of the International Forest Quarantine Research Group held in Rotorua, New Zealand

Posted on Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 16:16

The 14th meeting of the International Forest Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) was held in Rotorua, New Zealand, at the offices of SCION Research Ltd. from October 2-6, 2017. Since its inception in 2003, the IFQRG, an independent organization of scientists, regulators and industry experts, has provided scientific research and analysis to standard setting bodies such as the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) and regional plant protection organizations. IFQRG has worked closely with the Technical Panel on Forest Quarantine on several issues including providing the scientific foundation for the revisions of ISPM 15 Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade ...

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The IPPC Focus Group Meeting on Criteria for Upcoming Call for Phytosanitary Issues Held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 23 Oct 2017, 13:56

The IPPC Focus Group (FG) met on Monday 9 October 2017 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, to develop criteria for a call for topics: Standard Setting and Implementation. The meeting was chaired by Mr Corné Van Alphen, the CPM Bureau Member, and attended by the representatives from the Standards Committee (SC) and the Implementation Capacity Development Committee (IC) of the IPPC CPM, as well as from the Standard Setting Unit (SSU) and the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) of the IPPC Secretariat.

The purpose of conducting this call in one effort is to help create closer collaboration between these two ...

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IPPC participates in the 2nd Meeting of the World Customs Organization Working Group on E-Commerce in Brussels, Belgium

Posted on Mon, 23 Oct 2017, 13:18

WCO 2017. Meeting delegates discuss the development of tools related to the management of growing E-Commerce.

IPPC Secretariat representative Sarah Brunel, Implementation Facilitation Officer, participated in the 2nd meeting of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Working Group on E-Commerce (WGEC) at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium that took place from 10 – 13 October 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the opportunities and challenges stemming from growing trade in e-commerce from a trade facilitation and control perspective, and to consider the development and refinement of tools and instruments related to the management of growing e-trade. The aim ...

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The CPM Bureau Meeting in October 2017 Held at FAO Headquarter

Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 09:35

The CPM Bureau meeting was held on 9 and 13 October 2017 at FAO Headquarter in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (Mexico), the Vice Chairperson of CPM, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by all the Bureau members, except the CPM Chairperson who was excused, as well as the representatives from the IPPC Secretariat.

First day of the meeting was spent on updating the IPPC Secretariat’s activities, reviewing 2017 June Bureau report, discussing the outcome of the CPM Bureau Finance Committee in October, and preparing ...

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The 6th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting Held in Rome

Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 09:23

The 6th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting was held at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 October 2017. The meeting was chaired by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (Mexico), the Vice Chairperson of CPM, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by 43 participants from 35 IPPC Contracting Parties, as well as a representative of the World Bank and IPPC Secretariat staff. Mr Sam Bishop (United Kingdom) was selected as the Rapporteur.

The SPG participants were briefed by the SPG Chairperson, Mr Trujillo Arriaga on the outcomes of the CPM-12 held in the ...

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The Glorious History and Great Achievements of the IPPC in 65 Years

Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 11:50

Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the IPPC

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was established in 1952, and this year is 65th anniversary of the IPPC. On occasion of the annual meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 October 2017, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, made a keynote address on development and achievements of the IPPC in 65 years, highlighting three important aspects.

  1. Historical development of the IPPC. The IPPC has gone through four major stages of development in the last 65 years. The first stage is the Origin of ...

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