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Pre-CPM 11 Training: Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – ISPM 32

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 17:06

The IPPC Secretariat held a pre-CPM 11 training session on the Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 32 – on 3 April 2016 in Rome, Italy. The training was attended by 95 participants, including representatives from contracting parties, RPPOs and international organizations, who actively contributed to the exercises and discussions held. The training session was held in English, while discussion was facilitated in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

The Secretariat introduced ISPM 32 as a key standard for international trade facilitation. Despite the importance of this international standard for international trade, the ...

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One Step Closer to Enhancing Food Security and Facilitating Trade

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 15:44

To limit the international spread of pests and diseases that harm plants –from fruits, vegetables, grains to trees– it is essential to know which plants a pest will use to reproduce. These plants are called hosts, as they host or harbour pests that are transported when the plants are moved and traded, with the risk of the pests spreading. Ten years ago the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community agreed that a standard was needed on how to determine whether a specific fruit may host damaging fruit flies. Ten years of dialogue, drafts and consultations were needed before the International ...

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FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa ​&​ the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) Valenzano, Italy, 19-22 April 2016

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 18:31

The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa is a devastating pathogen that has more than 300 plant hosts belonging to crop, ornamental, forestry and natural vegetation species. Among them Citrus, grapes, almonds and olive are of main importance in the Near East and North Africa region.

Following the outbreaks of X. fastidiosa associated to the olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) in Apulia (Italy), the National Plant Protection Organizations of the North-African and Near East countries have strongly expressed their concern and the need to get further information and training on Xylella fastidosa and the quick decline syndrome of olive to be able to ...

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Nine Standards Adopted and Noted by Consensus at CPM-11

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 17:10

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), with the theme “Plant Health and Food Security”, was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. Nine Standards were adopted and noted by consensus at CPM-11, including: two International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures, two Phytosanitary Treatments, and five Diagnostic Protocols. This is one of the Commission’s biggest achievements, as the IPPC is the only international standard setting organization for plant protection. All these standards will soon be available in all FAO languages.

During CPM 11, the IPPC contracting parties also added 3 new topics to ...

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The 2016 winners of the IPPC photo contest “The Shocking Impacts of Pests”

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 16:48

The winner of the 2016 IPPC Photo Contest “The Shocking Impacts of Pests” is Tyler Fox, from the United States of America. The beautiful photo depicts slug-like sawfly larvae (Tenthredinidae: Caliroa pb. nyssae) feeding on black gum leaf (Nyssa sylvatica), a deciduous tree native to Eastern North-America. This sawfly is often gregarious and skeletonizes the bottoms of black gum leaves as it feeds, and defoliates trees. Many species of sawfly are major pests of forest plants, ornamental trees and shrubs.

The second winner of this year IPPC photo contest is Sabine Perrone, from Australia, with her stunning photo of locusts ...

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CPM Bureau Meets for pre- and post-CPM Discussions

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 16:44

The Bureau of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) met from 29 through 31 March at FAO headquarters in Rome to prepare for the upcoming CPM-11 which took place from 4 – 8 April. During this meeting, the Bureau reviewed the CPM agenda topics and discussed how best to address any topics that may become contentious during the week. In addition, the Bureau had the opportunity to meet with Assistant Director General Ren Wang for a detailed discussion on highlights of the upcoming CPM, an update on key developments within FAO, as well as a good exchange on issues related to ...

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Strategic Planning: the IPPC towards 2020

Posted on Thu, 14 Apr 2016, 09:41

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11) was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. The CPM 11 was the first meeting for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) towards the next five years (2016-2020). At the opening section of CPM 11, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, made a presentation on the IPPC towards 2020.

The Secretary Xia recalled four developmental stages of the IPPC: the first stage (1881–1951); the second stage (1952 – 1979); the third stage (1980 – 1997); and the fourth stage (1998 – present). He highlighted five key achievements during ...

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The Eleventh Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures successfully held in Rome

Posted on Wed, 13 Apr 2016, 08:40

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11) was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. The CPM 11 was the first meeting for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) towards next five years (2016-2020). The theme for the CPM 11 was “Plant Health and Food Security”. Mr Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General of FAO for Operations, delivered the opening remarks, noting the importance of the IPPC to the promotion of global-concerned issues on food security, trade facilitation, and environment protection. Mr Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the IPPC, made a presentation on the ...

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Plants vital to human diets but face growing risks from pests and diseases

Posted on Tue, 05 Apr 2016, 13:51

4 April 2016, FAO, Rome - Invasive ants that devour crops, or the insidious "olive quick decline syndrome", which scorches leaves and withers branches, are just some of the multitude of plant-health threats that are spreading more easily in today's increasingly globalized world.

International experts began gathering at FAO today to focus on the most effective ways to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments that are traded daily across the world.

The annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention ...

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Achievements of the IPPC Secretariat’s Task Force for Resource Mobilization

Posted on Thu, 24 Mar 2016, 13:48

The first task force established in 2015 for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat was the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM). Members of the task for are Leanne Stewart, Céline Germain, Orlando Sosa, Marko Benovic and Craig Fedchock.

As one of the TFRM’s first activities, current donors and possible donors were classified with consideration given to their potential, interests and past contributions. From this step, letters were sent out to all current and possible donors for further consideration, and an action plan was established for resource mobilization efforts. As a result of the efforts of the TFRM ...

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Achievements of the IPPC Secretariat’s Task Force for Communication and Advocacy in 2015

Posted on Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 08:47

The Task Force for Communication and Advocacy (TFCA) was established in September 2015 to strengthen the communication and advocacy of the IPPC Secretariat, both internally and externally, to achieve the cohesion, harmonization, integration and coordination in this area. TFCA’s main objective is to improve IPPC’s visibility by showcasing the work and achievement of the IPPC Secretariat by coordinating the communication, advocacy, and information management across the IPPC Secretariat. The TFCA is composed of 5 members: David Nowell (Team Lead, IST), Dorota Buzon (Assistant to David, IST), Mirko Montuori (Standard Setting Unit), Sarah Brunel (Implementation Facilitation Unit) and Paola ...

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Promoting the Cooperation between the IPPC and the WCO

Posted on Tue, 08 Mar 2016, 07:25

The Bilateral Meeting on Promoting the Cooperation between the IPPC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) was held 4 March 2016 at WCO-HQ in Brussels, Belgium. The IPPC delegate was composed of Mr Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary) and Mr Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Coordinator), and the WCO delegate consisted of Mr Kunio Mikuriya (the Secretary-General of WCO), Mr Alan Harrison (the Executive Officer of the Secretary-General Office) and Mr Theo Hesselink (the Technical Officer of Compliance and Facilitation). The main objective the meeting was to discuss the possibility to sign an agreement on the IPPC-WCO cooperation.

During the meeting ...

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Strengthening the Cooperation between the IPPC and the EU

Posted on Tue, 08 Mar 2016, 07:22

The Bilateral Meeting on Strengthening the Cooperation between the IPPC and the European Union (EU) was held 1 March 2016 at EU-HQ in Brussels, Belgium. The IPPC delegation, led by Mr Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary), was composed of Mr Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Coordinator), Mr Orlando Sosa (the Implementation Officer) and Ms Celine Germain (the Standard Officer). The main objectives of the Meeting were to review the previous achievement of this bilateral cooperation, especially for the past 5 years, and to plan further cooperation for the next 5 year (2016-2020), in particular for the period 2016-2018. There were two ...

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Finland officially requests FAO resolution for IYPH 2020

Posted on Mon, 07 Mar 2016, 17:42

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen officially requested that the proposal to have the year 2020 declared as the “International Year of Plant Health” is placed on the agenda of relevant FAO bodies with a view to have the proposal endorsed to this effect at the 40th Session of the FAO Conference in 2017.

In a letter to the Director-General of FAO Mr José Graziano da Silva the Finnish Minister elucidated that a key factor in any strategy to eliminate hunger and rural poverty must be the protection of plant health from pests and diseases ...

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