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The IPPC Generic ePhyto National System will go live on the 15th of July

Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019, 12:04

The IPPC Secretariat is proud to announce that on July 15th the Generic National System component of the IPPC ePhyto Solution will go live! This means that countries without their own national electronic certification system who wish to join the IPPC ePhyto Solution can begin their registration process and once fully prepared, can join the IPPC ePhyto Solution through the use of the GeNS. The GeNS is a centralized web- based system that any country without their own electronic certification system can use to connect to the ePhyto Hub in order to produce, send and receive ePhytos. The IPPC Secretariat ...

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Minimizing the impact of plant pests - a global surveillance system for crop diseases

Posted on Mon, 01 Jul 2019, 10:56

Originally native to the Americas, since 2016 the Fall Armyworm, a destructive pest, has rapidly spread into Africa, the Near East and Asia. ©FAO/Lekha Edirisinghe

28 June 2019 - Each year an estimated 10 to16 percent of global harvests are lost to plant pests and diseases, at an estimated cost of over USD 220 billion. Pests, pathogens and weeds cause the loss of more than 40 percent of the world’s food supply. A global surveillance system for monitoring and improving response to crop diseases and pests could help prevent some of these losses.

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Making progress on international commodity standards for phytosanitary measures

Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2019, 16:10

IPPC Focus group on commodity standards’ second meeting in 2019. Participants included Focus group members and the IPPC Secretariat. © FAO

21 June 2019, Rome – An important element of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)’s work is to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade. As part of this effort, the new IPPC Strategic Framework 2002-2030 includes developing commodity and pathway specific standards. Much progress on this topic was made during the second meeting of the IPPC focus group on commodity standards with its newly revised terms of reference (ToRs).

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Implementing the 2020-2030 IPPC Strategic Framework: Considerations from CPM Bureau June 2019 meeting

Posted on Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 12:47

The June 2019 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting. © FAO

14 June 2019, Rome – The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met in Rome from 10 to 14 June 2019 to focus on how to implement the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030.

The IPPC Secretary Mr. Jingyuan Xia highlighted that when planning activities it was important to link the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 and the five-year investment plan. He also stressed the need to mobilize resources for both the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) and the IPPC ePhyto solution work programmes.

Based on the new strategic framework ...

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The IPPC Financial Committee discusses the IPPC Secretariat’s 2021 budget and other matters

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 16:59

The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) met from 6 to 7 June 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. © FAO

7 June 2019, Rome - The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) met from 6 to 7 June 2019 before the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting which began on 10 June 2019. The FC mainly discussed ways to link the IPPC Strategic framework for 2020-2030, the 5 year investment plan of the IPPC Secretariat for 2020-2024, and the IPPC Secretariat Work Plan and Budget for 2021.

The FC received an update on the financial situation of the IPPC Secretariat and focused its discussion ...

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A fruitful week for the IPPC ePhyto Project Team in the United Kingdom

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 16:25

The IPPC ePhyto solution’s technical aspects and business processes were discussed during a meeting with the national plant protection organisation (NPPO) of the United Kingdom. © FAO

12 June 2019, London - Working directly with industry representatives is essential for the success of the IPPC electronic certification (ePhyto) solution. On 10 June 2019, Peter Neimanis and Christian Dellis, respectively Chair and Technical Lead of the ePhyto Steering Group, presented the IPPC ePhyto solution at the IT Strategic Session of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) annual meeting in London. Participants learned about the progress and technical aspects of the IPPC ePhyto ...

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Enhancing food security through trade facilitation

Posted on Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 09:26

How can digitising the phytosanitary certification process help to enhance food security? Craig Fedchock, Advisor at the International Plant Protection Secretariat, explains.

Read full article at: https://www.tradefacilitation.org/blog/enhancing-food-security-trade-facilitation/

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The new draft International Standard on “Audit in the phytosanitary context” is off to a good start!

Posted on Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 12:39

Expert Working Group members at the June 2019 meeting in Toronto, Canada. © FAO

3 June 2019, Toronto – The Expert Working Group (EWG) in charge of developing the draft International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on Audit in the phytosanitary context (2015-014) met in Toronto, Canada from 3 to 7 June 2019. The standard is based on the approved Specification 66.

Once adopted, this new ISPM will guide national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) conducting audits in the phytosanitary context. It will cover audits conducted by NPPOs in both exporting and importing countries; and by “third party” entities authorized by NPPOs to ...

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Together is better: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the IPPC sign a joint work plan for 2019-2020

Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019, 15:49

Dr Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD, and Dr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary of the IPPC, signed the CBD-IPPC joint work plan for 2019-2020 at the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. IPPC and CBD delegates were also present. © FAO

10 June 2019, Bern – The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) share the common objective of protecting global biodiversity. With a long history of collaboration and recognizing the importance of ensuring coherence and mutual support in implementing both Conventions, a joint work plan for both Conventions for 2019-2020 ...

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The IPPC’s Participation at the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Posted on Mon, 17 Jun 2019, 12:27

Bern, Switzerland: The IPPC delegation at the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (left to right): Mr González, Mr Lopian, Mr Xia (IPPC Secretary), Ms Yim, Mr Njoroge and Ms Moreira. © FAO

12 June 2019, Bern – An IPPC delegation led by the IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan Xia attended the Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework held in Bern, Switzerland from 10 to 12 June 2019. The consultation workshop was held at the headquarters of the Universal Postal Union and sponsored by the Government of Switzerland. Approximately 120 participants, with representatives ...

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International Year of Plant Health off to a good start with first meeting of IYPH International Steering Committee

Posted on Mon, 17 Jun 2019, 10:39

Rome, 14 June 2019. The first meeting of the International Steering Committee (ISC) on the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020 was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The meeting was opened by Dr. Jingyaun Xia, Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and Dr. Dongxin Feng, senior officer from FAO Partnership Division. Fifteen representatives of FAO regions, international organizations, the private sector and IYPH Secretariat attended the meeting. Mr Ralf Lopian and Ms Kyu-ock Yim were selected as Chairperson and the Vice-chairperson of the Committee. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss the IYPH ...

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IPPC ePhyto is welcomed at the 2019 World Seed Congress

Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2019, 13:52

There was a great deal of interest in the IPPC ePhyto Solution at the World Seed Congress 2019. © FAO

5 June 2019, Nice – The International Seed Federation (ISF) World Seed Congress 2019 took place in Nice, France from 2 to 5 June 2019. The annual World Seed Congress is the ISF’s flagship event which brings together the principal architects and decision makers of the global seed industry. This unique forum has been taking place since 1924. This Congress brought together over 1500 industry professionals to discuss global issues affecting the seed industry.

Mr. Craig Fedchock, IPPC Advisor gave a ...

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The IPPC High-level Symposium on Cooperation of Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Belt” Countries held in Xi’an, China

Posted on Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 17:01

Participants at the IPPC High-level Symposium on Cooperation of Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Belt” Countries. © FAO

27 May 2019, Xi’an, China – China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative seeks to boost development and trade links between Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to continue facilitating trade while preventing the spread of plant pests and diseases, an IPPC High-Level Symposium on Cooperation for Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Belt” Countries was organized in Xi’an, China from 27 to 30 May 2019.

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Samoa workshop helps expand the use of ePhytos in the Pacific region

Posted on Wed, 29 May 2019, 15:25

The benefits of using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) and electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhytos) were highlighted at a recent workshop in Samoa. © FAO

22 May 2019, Samoa - A workshop on using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) was held in Samoa from 20 to 22 May 2019. 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. Samoa is one of the three pilot countries testing the GeNS.

With support from the United Nations International Computing Center (UNICC), the workshop focused on training quarantine staff ...

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