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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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The Asian Workshop on Implementation of e-SPS Certification Systems Held in Thailand

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 09:46

The Asian Workshop on Implementation of e-SPS Certification Systems was hosted at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP)’s headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2016. The Workshop was attended by Mr. Shane Sela (the IPPC Secretariat’s ePhyto Project Manager) and Ms. Kenza LeMentec (the Programme Officer of STDF), as well as the eleven countries from the Asian region and experts from the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat, United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and several authorities in electronic phytosanitary certification.

The Experts Workshop disseminated information ...

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The 4th Training Workshop on the PCE Facilitators for the IPPC Contracting Parties successfully organized in Italy

Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016, 17:17

Held in Ronciglione, Italy, from October 17th – 28th 2016, the 4th training workshop on the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitators brought together eight carefully selected phytosanitary experts from Francophone Africa and 2 lawyers. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in facilitating the application of the PCE tool. This two-week intensive training was conducted in an effort to improve existing or planned phytosanitary capacity systems with the financial support of the STDF.

Although the PCE is designed in principle as a self-assessment tool, its effective application may require the support of competent facilitators. Trainees were selected on ...

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The meeting on Technical Operation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) held in Ghana

Posted on Fri, 28 Oct 2016, 22:05

The meeting on Technical Operation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) was held from 24-28 October 2016 at Pokuase, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. The meeting was facilitated by Mr Shane Sela, the IPPC ePhyo Project Manager, and supported with Mr Josiah Syanda, the member of the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG). The meeting was attended by Mr Ebenezer Aboagye, the Acting Director, and his project team from the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana.

The GeNS provides a simple web-based or stand-alone option for contracting parties to produce ...

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“Stop those pests!” – Great Success for CFS-43 Side Event

Posted on Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 09:51

“Stop those pests!” - The side event was co-organized by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia with a manifold success. The side event was held during the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS-43) on 18 October 2016, and marked an important event for plant health awareness promotion. The side event was chaired and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary; and five distinguished panelists convincingly presented the links between the plant health and food security, including Mr Kim Ritman (Department of Agriculture and ...

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