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Canada's contribution to IPPC

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 11:06

Copyright: FAO/Lea Plantek

Canada has announced its financial support to the IPPC and other standard setting organizations. This has been recently announced in Berlin by Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

Read the full news on the FAO website: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/463873/icode/

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A Regular Programme P4 Post (Agricultural Officer) Announced for the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 10:42

The IPPC Secretariat is hiring an Agricultural Officer (the Regular Programme P4 post) to work as the lead of the Integration and Support Team (IST) under the supervision of the Secretary to the IPPC.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international agreement on plant health with adherence of over 180 contracting parties, which aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests. The Secretariat of the IPPC, provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of International Standards for Phytosanitary ...

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2017 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat Held with the Theme “Teamwork”

Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 15:23

The 2017 annual meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 19 January at the FAO HQs in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016, to plan the core activities for 2017, and to strengthen teamwork for moving towards “One IPPC”. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, and attended by all Secretariat staff. Team Leaders Brent Larson (SSU lead), Orlando Sosa (IFU lead) and Dorota Buzon (IST officer in charge), made briefings for the respected teams, while Marko Benovic and Mirko Montuori ...

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Focus on the oriental fruit fly’s impact on international trade

Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017, 14:04

Bactrocera dorsalis on a dragon fruit. Photo credits: Rui Cardoso Pereira.

The world of plant pests is immense. There are thousands of pest species that attack or infest a likewise high number of plant species resulting in crop losses with extremely detrimental effects on food security and poverty reduction. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) aims to help reduce the introduction and spread of plant pests between countries through harmonized measures applied to the international movement of plants and plant products. The task is challenging due to the complexity of the combination of pests and hosts. Recent research confirming that ...

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Great Achievements in Organizing IPPC Regional Workshops for 2016

Posted on Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 09:00

Pulsatilla vulgaris var. costeana, endemic plant of the Grands Causses (France). The IPPC vision is to protect plants. IPPC Regional Workshop contribute to this vision. All contributors to the 2016 IPPC Regional Workshops are warmly thanked. © Cédric Rajadel (https://www.facebook.com/CedricRPhoto/)



The IPPC Secretariat, in a close collaboration with relevant RPPOs and FAO Regional/Sub-regional offices, successfully organized seven IPPC Regional Workshops for 2016. The workshops were extensively attended by 212 participants from 114 Contracting Parties (CPs). The specificities of the 2016 IPPC Regional Workshops were to engage CPs in learning how to analyze draft ISPMs and formulate ...

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The IPPC Secretary’s Message on the New Year Greetings for 2017

Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016, 14:59

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the IPPC Secretariat, I would like to express my sincere greetings to all of you for the Holiday Season, and also show my high appreciation for your strong support and positive contribution to the IPPC throughout 2016.

The year of 2016 has been a milestone for the IPPC, as it is the first year for the whole convention to implement the IPPC annual themes towards 2020. This year has been also remarkable, as several important activities were organized for the first time, such as presentation of keynote address on the IPPC annual theme “Plant Health ...

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Getting forward - 155th FAO Council supports the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 14:59

At its 155th session held in Rome from 5 to 9 December 2016, the FAO Council endorsed a draft Resolution on the observance of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

The resolution, which was presented by Finland to the recent FAO Committee on Agriculture, recognizes the need for healthy plants as the foundation of all life on Earth, ecosystems functions, and food security. At the same time, it affirms plant health’s critical role in addressing the needs of more food for the increasing world population, and the subsequent need to raise awareness on this role at ...

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Final IPPC Training Workshop for PCE Facilitators held in Costa Rica

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 11:22

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat organized and held the final training for the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators from 31 October – 11 November 2016 in Punta Leone, Costa Rica under the Standards Trade and Development Facility (STDF) project 401: Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators. Magda Gonzales Arroyo, the Capacity Development Committee representative from Latin America, acted as a trainer during the workshop and facilitated the organization of the workshop. Jeffrey Jones and Ana Peralta also acted as trainers in their quality of international phytosanitary consultants. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in ...

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The Annual Meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) Held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 16:55

The annual meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) was held 12-15 December 2016 in Rome, Italy. All eight TPG members were present, representing all six official FAO languages. The meeting was chaired by Mr John Hedley (New Zealand), with Ms Laurence Bouhot-Delduc (France) as Steward. The TPG works on the development and revision of phytosanitary terms in the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5). It has an essential role in ensuring a holistic and horizontal review of consistency in the use of terms in draft ISPMs.

The TPG reviewed two draft ISPMs, responded to comments from ...

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The 9th Meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 13:01

The 9th meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) took place from 5-9th of December 2016 in Rome, Italy. The Meeting was chaired by Ms Sally Jennings, the CDC Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by six CDC members from six of the seven FAO regions, a representative from the CPM Bureau RPPOs, observers from the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation (IICA), and for the first time, a representative from RPPOs.

The meeting kicked off with updates from several IPPC bodies including the ...

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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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