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Strong support of the IPPC for strengthening NPPO and developing phytosanitary legislation in the Republic of South Sudan

Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016, 10:28

The Republic of South Sudan has an immense potential for sustainable agricultural development, with abundant rainfall, diverse soil and climatic conditions which provide multiple options to grow different crops. Although a very small area of the South Soudan territory is cultivated, more than half of the total area is prime agricultural land. Pest prevention and control is of paramount importance in the country. The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 and is currently actively setting its institutions and legislative framework.

The Project TCP/SSD/3502 “Development of Phytosanitary legislation and capacity development strategy in South Sudan” aims ...

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The Contribution of the IPPC to Achieving UN SDGs for 2030 Agenda

Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016, 10:07

The 5th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting was held from 4-6 October 2016 in Rome, Italy, with the theme “IPPC Contribution to Achieving UN SDGs for 2030 Agenda”. The meeting was chaired by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, the Vice CMP Bureau Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. Over 30 participants attended the meeting, who came from more than 25 IPPC contracting parties as well as all team leaders of the IPPC Secretariat.

Mr Xia made a keynote presentation on the IPPC contribution to achieving UN SDGs for the 2030 agenda during the meeting. He ...

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The CPM Bureau Meeting Held around the Annual IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting in Rome

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 10:43

The CPM Bureau held a successful meeting spread over 4 and 7 October 2016 around the annual IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting, in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the Bureau Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by all the Bureau members (except North America) as well all team leaders of the IPPC Secretariat. For the first time the Chairperson of the IPPC Standards Committee (SC) was invited to attend the meeting as an observer.

Mr Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General (ADG) for the Agriculture and ...

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The IPPC continues to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement in setting International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 08:32

The IPPC Secretariat is pleased to announce that the number of countries commenting has almost doubled from 2011 (see graph above).This July, the IPPC Secretariat opened consultation periods through the new Online Comment System (OCS) for the highest number of standards ever processed by the IPPC Secretariat during a consultation period. A grand total of 84 IPPC Official contact points provided comments on 11 standards; a huge increase from 2015. “Not only do we have the highest number of standards out for consultation in our history, but we also have a record number of stakeholders commenting; almost double last ...

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The 5th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) Meeting Held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016, 15:40

The 5th CPM Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting was held in Rome from 4-6 October 2016, with the theme “IPPC Contribution to Achieving UN SDGs for 2030 Agenda”. The meeting was chaired by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (Mexico), the Vice CMP Bureau Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. Over 30 participants attended the meeting, who came from more than over 25 IPPC contracting parties as well as all team leaders of the IPPC Secretariat. The SPG elected both Ms Mable Mudenda (Zambia) and Mr Lucien Kouame Konan (Côte d’Ivoire) as Rapporteurs.

The CPM Chairperson ...

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The IPPC Grain Standard Moving forward Slowly but Surely

Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 12:43

An Expert Working Group met in Melbourne, Australia from 19-23 September 2016 to begin drafting an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on the International Movement of Grain (2008-007). The meeting was chaired by Mr Bill MAGEE (Australia) and Mr David HEINRICH (Australia) and attended by 15 participants. Experts from around the world gathered to discuss and decide what elements should be included in this standard; industry representatives were also invited and provided active input to the discussions. Following guidance from the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures to ensure ISPMs contain requirements, the experts strove to reach consensus on requirements for ...

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The Initial Step towards the International Year of Plant Health in 2020

Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016, 09:34

After the successful FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) side-event on 27 September 2016 to mark the official beginning of the campaign to establish an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020), COAG formally discussed this subject during their plenary on 29 September 2016, held in Rome, Italy. Mr. Veli-Pekka Talvela, Director General of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, presented the proposal on behalf of the Government of Finland providing both good background and justification for the proposed IYPH 2020. He stated that plant health is critically important to agriculture, food security and ecosystems and highlighted the ...

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The CPM Financial Committee Meeting Held in Italy

Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016, 09:37

The CPM Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 3 October 2016 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the CPM Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by Mr Lucien Kouame Konan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Mr Ralf Lopian (Finland) as well as Mr Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Advisor) and Mr Marko Benovic (the IPPC Financial Consultant). For the first time, Mr Francisco Tristante from the European Union was invited to participate in the meeting as an observer.

The CPM FC discussed mainly the recent resource ...

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The IPPC Technical Committee Meeting on the ePhyto Project held in Argentina

Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 10:03

The IPPC Technical Committee Meeting on the ePhyto Project (PTC) was held at the offices of the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Cálidad Agroalimentaria de la República Argentina (SENASA) in La Plata, Argentina from 3-7 October 2016. The meeting, chaired by Mr Nico Horn, the chair of the ESG from the Netherlands, was attended by the members of the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) as well as staff of the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC). Mr Shane Sela, the Project Manager for ePhyto, participated in the meeting on behalf of the IPPC Secretariat. The objective of the meeting was ...

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The 3rd Training Workshop on the PCE Facilitators successfully organized in Ronciglione, Italy

Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016, 14:23

Held in Ronciglione, Italy, from September 19th – 30th 2016, the 3rd training workshop on the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitators brought together eight carefully selected phytosanitary experts from Anglophone Africa and the Near East and 4 staff of the FAO legal division. 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 the IPPC, with the financial support of the STDF.

Although the PCE is designed in principle as a self-assessment tool, its effective application ...

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The IPPC Holding the Second PCE Facilitators Training in Thailand

Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 20:27

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat organized and held the second training for the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators from 8 – 19 August 2016 in Chang Mai, Thailand under the Standards Trade and Development Facility (STDF) project 401: Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators.

The STDF project 401 seeks to improve national-level coordination and coherence of plant protection programmes through improved needs assessment and action planning. The aim of the project is to train a pool of individuals to facilitate phytosanitary needs assessment and action planning processes using the IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool.

The PCE process ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia held in Republic of Belarus

Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 15:50

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia took place on 5 – 9 September 2016 in Minsk, Republic of Belarus. The workshop was organized by the Regional and Sub Regional Office FAO for Europe and Central Asia and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), in collaboration with the Main State Inspectorate for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection of the Republic of Belarus and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO).

32 participants from 17 national plant protection organizations (NPPOs), Mr Martin Ward (the Director General of EPPO), Mr Corné Van Alphen (the ...

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Successful Start to the Campaign for an International Year of Plant Health in 2020!

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 13:52

On Tuesday September 27th a well-attended side session at the 25th meeting of the Committee on Agriculture marked the official beginning of the campaign to establish an International Year of Plant Health in 2020. A number of speakers, including FAO Assistant Director General Ren Wang, Veli-Pekka Talvela, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and Eric Robinson, Alternate Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Agencies of the United Nations gave presentations on the importance of encouraging public support to plant health to help address issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and ...

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Strong Support of FAO and IPPC to Capacity Development for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Xylella fastidiosa in NENA Countries

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 13:13

The workshop on FAO TCP project (TCP/RAB/3601) for developing phytosanitary capacities to prevent the introduction and spread of Xylella fastidiosa was organized from 29 August - 2 September, 2016, in Tunis. The workshop informed the participants on the latest information on the biology of the species, on surveillance, and on diagnostic and management methods. Participants brainstormed on their national needs to efficiently prevent the introduction and spread of the bacterium. They elaborated national work plans with activities related to: 1) the identification and engagement of partners and stakeholders in the contingency plan against Xylella fastidiosa; 2) the development of ...

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