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Strengthening cooperation on international plant health and food standards in the Andes

Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018, 16:57

Andean government representatives discussed on 7-8 March 2018 in Quito, Ecuador the challenges they face and the successes they celebrate in setting international standards used in trading plant products and food internationally. Contact points, representing members of the Codex Alimentarius and parties to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), shared their experiences while seeking ways to boost subregional cooperation during a workshop, convened by the Secretariats of the two UN organizations and Corporación IG-DE.

Over the course of two days, standards experts from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, engaged with representatives of the Andean Parliament, Andean Community and Food ...

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The CPM Bureau Teleconference Meeting held on 8th March 2018

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 09:35

A CPM Bureau teleconference meeting was held on 8th March 2018 with participation of six Bureau members and all Core Team Members of the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by the CPM Chairperson, Ms Lois Ransom (Australia), and opened by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia.

The meeting was devoted to update the recent organizational change in the IPPC Secretariat, including the staff organigram and their funding resources, as well as the roles, responsibilities and activities of the Standard Setting Unit (SSU), the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) and the Integration & Support Team (IST). The discussion was mainly focussed on ...

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IPPC Standards and Guides relevant to pest free areas explained at the SPS Committee meeting

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 09:31

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee held a thematic session on pest-free areas (PFAs) on 27 February prior to the 71st regular meeting of the SPS Committee (1-2 March 2018). Session took place at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr Sam Bishop, an IPPC Standards Committee member, provided an overview of the relevant International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and IPPC guides and highlighted the benefits and challenges in implementing them. Factors to be considered when establishing and maintaining PFAs were also outlined, as well as uses of PFAs to help gain market access were presented. Speakers representing several different ...

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A third year of the IPPC NRO Programme marked with success

Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018, 14:54

The year 2017 was a third successful year for the National Reporting Obligations Programme (NRO). It was a third stable year in a row during which countries supplied above 240 new NRO reports through the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP). To be precise 245 reports were uploaded in 2017, while 244 reports in 2016 and 246 reports in 2015. In comparison in the year 2014 only 165 reports were uploaded on the IPP.

It clearly shows that a set of measures implemented within the NRO Programme that started in the middle of 2014 has been effective.

In particular, in 2017 all ...

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Great Progress on the Development of IPPC Diagnostic Protocols

Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018, 09:46

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) met from 05 to 09 February 2018 at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in Paris, France. The main objective of the meeting was to revise draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) in various stages of development, discuss several horizontal issues related to DPs and review the TPDP work programme with strategic discussions on the future of the IPPC DPs. The meeting was chaired by Ms Gèraldine Anthoine (France) and attended by all seven TPDP members (from Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, the United States of America ...

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Kenya’s Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Stakeholders’ Consultations successfully held

Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 11:36

Kenyan stakeholders discuss phytosanitary capacity development strategy on January 18, 2018 at KEPHIS headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya © Pamela Kipyab, 2018

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), the National Plant Protection Organisation of Kenya conducted a stakeholders’ consultative workshop of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) application process on January 18, 2018. Advices to facilitate this event were provided from the distance by Chiluba Mwape who was trained as a PCE facilitator in the framework of the IPPC/STDF project 401. The workshop was held at the KEPHIS Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and officially opened by the Managing Director Dr. Esther ...

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IPPC e-Learning Course a Fruit of a Successful collaboration between IPPC and UN Environment

Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018, 16:22

The IPPC Secretariat has been working together with UN Environment within the UN Environment Multilateral Environment Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative for the last several months on a variety of issues. This successful collaboration between both organizations resulted in developing an e-learning course “Introduction to the International Plant Protection Convention”. UN Environment provided free technical assistance and support to develop the course.

The course is available on the InforMEA e-learning platform. InforMEA harvests and displays a series of data obtained from different Multilateral Environmental Agreements including introductory courses. This newly created two-hour course introduces a learner to the International Plant Protection ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Steering Group Meeting Held in Malaysia for advancing the implementation of the ePhyto Solution

Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018, 11:54

The IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met on 21st and 27th just pre-and post-the 3rd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto held from 22-26 January 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting was chaired by the ESG Chair, Mr. Peter Neimanis, and opened by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia. The meeting was attended by all ESG members.

The main objectives and outcomes of the meeting on the 21st January were to review the agenda of the 3rd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto, to work out the details of the Symposium sessions for advancing understanding of the IPPC hub and the ...

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The 3rd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto Held in Malaysia with the Theme “ePhyto and Trade Facilitation

Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018, 11:46

The 3rd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto was held from 22-26 January 2108 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Theme “ePhyto and Trade Facilitation”. The Symposium was jointly organized by the IPPC Secretariat, the Malaysian Department of Agriculture, the Asia & Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC), and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Dr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, delivered an opening address; Dr. Yongfan Piao, the Executive Secretary of the APPPC, made opening remarks; and Mr. Abdul Bin Daut, the Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Department of Agriculture, presented a welcome address. Eighty-six participants from 36 countries ...

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Major Achievements of the IPPC Secretariat in Promotion of Trade Facilitation in 2017

Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018, 14:42

Great achievements were obtained by the IPPC Secretariat in promoting trade facilitation in 2017 through the efforts of the IPPC ePhyto Project Team and the support of all Units (Teams) as well as the assistance of all Task Forces. Among many others, the major achievements are highlighted as follows:

The SDTF pilot project on ePhyto was successfully conducted with the active involvement of participating stakeholders and NPPOs. The requirements for deployment of the IPPC ePhyto hub and the generic ePhyto national system (GeNS) was finalized for testing and demonstration. Through the preliminary test, it proves that both ePhyto Solutions are ...

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Major Achievements in Implementation Facilitation for the IPPC Secretariat in 2017

Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 11:52

Facilitation of the PCE conducted in Guinea, by Mekki Chouibani, facilitator trained and selected within STDF project 401. © Ana Peralta, Guinea, 2017

Several achievements were obtained in the area of implementation facilitation of the IPPC Secretariat in 2017 through the efforts of the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) with the support of Standards Setting Unit (SSU) and Integration and Support Team (IST), as well as the assistance of the Task Force for Communication and Advocacy (TFCA) and the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM). Among many others, the major achievements are highlighted as follows.

Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool and implementation are ...

Tags: Implementationimplementation facilitationImplementation Review and Support Systemcapacity development
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Major Achievements in Resource Mobilization of the IPPC Secretariat for 2017

Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018, 16:50

Members of Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM) of the IPPC Secretariat

Milestone achievements were obtained in resource mobilization of the IPPC Secretariat for 2017 through the efforts of the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM) and support of all Units (Teams) and the assistance of the Task Force for Communication and Advocacy (TFCA). Among many others, the major achievements are highlighted as follows:

The IPPC Multi-Donor Trust Fund received contributions at a record amounts, mainly from Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, USA/NAPPO, New Zealand, Switzerland, Netherlands and International Seed Federation. This fund will contribute to the 2018 IPPC ...

Tags: Task Force for Resource MobilizationResource Mobilization
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Major Achievements in Standard Setting of the IPPC Secretariat for 2017

Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018, 15:13

Remarkable achievements were obtained in standard setting within the IPPC Secretariat for 2017. This was enabled through the efforts of the Standard Setting Unit (SSU) with the support of the Integration and Support Team (IST) and the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) as well as the assistance of the Task Force for Communication and Advocacy (TFCA) and the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM). Among many others, the major achievements are highlighted as follows:

The highest number of standards (22) were adopted by the CPM-12 (2017) or by the SC on behalf of the CPM in one year, this includes 5 ...

Tags: standard settingstandards
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Major Achievements in Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships of the IPPC Secretariat for 2017

Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018, 14:31

Significant achievements were obtained in communication, advocacy, and partnership of the IPPC Secretariat for 2017 through the efforts of the Integration and Support Team (IST) and the support of the Standards Setting Unit (SSU) and the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU), as well as the assistance of the Task Force for Communication and Advocacy (TFCA) and the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM). Among many others, the major achievements are highlighted as follows.

The IPPC annual theme on “Plant Health and Trade Facilitation” was promoted through the organization of a series activities during CPM-12 in the Republic of Korea, including one ...

Tags: CommunicationPartnership
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