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The Major Achievements of the International Plant Protection Convention in 65 Years

Posted on Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 09:24

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was established on 3 April 1952, which aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. This year is the 65th Anniversary of the IPPC. During the twelfth Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-12) held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, made a presentation on the Major Achievements of the IPPC in 65 Years, which has received great interest by all participants. Secretary Xia highlighted eight key achievements of the IPPC in 65 years as follows:

1) The ...

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The CPM Bureau Meeting Held in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 09:26

The CPM Bureau meeting was held around the 12th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-12) from 3-4 April & 11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The meeting was chaired by Lois RANSOM, CMP Chair, opened by Jingyuan XIA, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Kyu-Ock YIM (Asia), Corné VAN ALPHEN (Europe), Francisco Javier TRUJILLO ARRIAGA (Latin America and Caribbean), Kamal El Din Abdelmahmoud Amein BAKR (Near East) and Marie-Claude FOREST (North America), as well as Core Team Members of the IPPC Secretariat, including Craig FEDCHOCK, Brent LARSON, Orlando SOSA, Dorota BUZON, and Marko BENOVIC.

Prior CPM-12, the Bureau ...

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The CPM Finance Committee Meeting Held in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 09:25

The CPM Finance Committee (FC) meeting was held around the 12th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-12) on 3 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The meeting was chaired by Marie-Claude FOREST, FC Chair, opened by Jingyuan XIA, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Lois RANSOM (CMP Chair), Ralf LOPIAN (FC Member), Craig FEDCHOCK (IPPC Adviser) and Marko BENOVIC (Executive Officer of the IPPC Secretariat).

The Main objectives and tasks of this FC meeting were to update the action points since last meeting, and progress in IYPH; to review budget performance of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016, Work ...

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The twelfth Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures Successfully Completed in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 05:01

The twelfth Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-12) was successfully held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This was the first CPM that was organized outside of Rome in the history of the IPPC. Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan (Assistant Director General of RAP-FAO) delivered opening remarks. Both Mr. Jae-Soo Kim (Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Republic of Korea) and Mr. Jeong-Bok Yoo (Mayor of Incheon City) presented welcome addresses.

The opening ceremony of CPM-12 was attended by Mr. Kunio Mikuriya (Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, WCO), Mr. Bong-Kyun Park (Commissioner of ...

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Contracting Parties share their successes and challenges in implementing the IPPC and ISPMs at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 10:57

For the first time, Contracting Parties to the IPPC were invited to share their successes and challenges in implementing the IPPC and ISPMs at CPM-12 held from 5-11 April 2017, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. China, COSAVE, the European Union, Japan and New Zealand made their presentations that were well received. The presentations covered areas as diverse as Next Generation Sequencing technologies, and the eradication of the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex.

The People’s Republic of China presented their experiences with regard to the implementation of several nationwide activities to promote ISPMs including the establishment of an expert working group ...

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Special Topic session on Trade Facilitation and eCommerce held at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 16:36

At CPM-12, the IPPC Secretariat organized a Special Topic session covering the IPPC Recommendation on e-commerce and trade in plant and plant products. The primary objective of this session was to make known and discuss experiences on e-commerce with regard to existing mechanisms for identifying e-commerce traders and products of concern, promotion of compliance by customers and traders, strengthening coordination with postal and express courier services and investigating phytosanitary risks posed by distance selling. The Special Topic session was opened by IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia, chaired by IPPC Adviser Craig Fedchock, and attended by over 200 participants.

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Side event on Facilitation of international trade and safeguarding biodiversity from the the spread of invasive alien species which are pests of plants organized at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 03:37

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized a side session in collaboration with the IPPC secretariat and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) on the facilitation of trade and safeguarding biodiversity from the spread of invasive alien species which are pests of plants.

The session was chaired by Brent Larson, Senior Standard Setting Officer at the IPPC Secretariat, and session panelists included Junko Shimura, Programme Officer of the Secretariat of the CBD, and Melanie Bateman of CABI. A video by and Annamalai Sivapragasam of CABI was also projected, focusing on management of invasive alien species.

The objective of ...

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Side event on the new Plant Health Regime in the European Union organized at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 03:24

The European Union organized a side session on its new plant health regime, including new laws, strategy, and updated approach in preventing new pests from entering the EU.

Harry Arijs, Deputy Head of the European Commission’s DG Health and Food Safety Plant Health Unit gave an informative presentation to participants during a side session that highlighted the new regulation adopted in 2016 by the European Parliament and European Council.

The new EU Plant Health Law will come into effect from mid-December of 2019, hopefully on the eve of the International Year of Plant Health, and includes updated provisions on ...

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Side event on IPPC in Asia organized at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 01:21

The Republic of Korea together with the APPPC organized a CPM-12 side session on the IPPC in Asia attended by over 100 participants. The side session’s objective was to highlight the different phases of development of plant quarantine in the Republic of Korea and its connection with the growth of the Korean economy. From a recipient of Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the United Nations, to an active role as donor of ODA, the Korean NPPO has developed into an advanced quarantine agency, in a position to host and support capacity building activities in the Asia region and to ...

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Side event on Trade and Facilitation and ePhyto organized CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 01:00

Over 100 participants attended the CPM-12 side session on ePhyto.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) adopted in 2014 commits countries to expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including plants and plant products and to reduce the trade transactional costs. A presentation by Theresa Morissey, World Bank provided NPPOs with a background on the TFA and the work of the Bank in assisting countries with its implementation. She informed that over 120 border management projects were around in the past 20 years.

Shane Sela, IPPC Secretariat ePhyto Project Manager, then provided a presentation on implementation of ePhyto and how ...

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Side event on Benefits of the IPPC organized at CPM-12 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Posted on Sat, 08 Apr 2017, 07:57

The IPPC Secretariat presented a CPM-12 side session on the Benefits of the IPPC to over 100 participants of CPM-12. The session covered the highlights of the CPM Bureau commissioned study “Analyzing the benefits of implementing the IPPC”, and brought together panelists involved in the study from the private sector and academia. Panelists presented their case studies, highlighting best practices in plant health through implementation of the IPPC.

Leanne Stewart, Phytosanitary Consultant, presented the direct economic benefits of implementing the IPPC, including the benefits arising from the application of the PCE evaluation tool, and reminded the importance of the Implementation ...

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Trading healthy seeds to ensure a healthy future

Posted on Sat, 08 Apr 2017, 03:34

The world wants more international standards on plant health and proof of this is the record number of standards that were adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) today in Incheon, Korea. An unprecedented 26 standards had been submitted which attests to global concerns about protecting plants from pests.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is recognized by the World Trade Organization as the only standard-setting organization in the world for plant health. IPPC standards are developed to protect plants which helps improve food security, alleviate poverty and reduce trade barriers. As FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has ...

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Webcast and Twitter storm of CPM-12 Special Topic session

Posted on Fri, 07 Apr 2017, 09:33

The CPM-12 special topic session will be webcast live on Monday 10 April from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Incheon, Republic of Korea local time).

You can follow it here.

Please also note that a Twitter storm is organized through the IPPC account: https://twitter.com/ippcnews

The question that will be asked is: "What does your organization suggest and pledge to stop the entry and spread of #pests through #eCommerce?". Get prepared!

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Important Start for Development of IPPC ePhyto Hub

Posted on Fri, 07 Apr 2017, 09:29

On March 30th 2017, Mr. Shane Sela, the ePhyto Project Manager of the IPPC Secretariat had a meeting with Mr. Simon Jones, Director of UNICC , Mr. Venkat Vekateswaran, Mr. Shashank Rai and Mr. Oliver Neff of the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC). The purpose of the meeting was to finalize plans for commencing development of the hub including the structure of service help-desk facilities, the strategy for initial outreach to pilot countries and the timeline for delivery. The IPPC Secretariat working through the FAO Chief Information Office has established an agreement with UNICC to begin construction of the hub ...

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