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The IPPC Secretary’s Message on the New Year Greetings for 2017

Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016, 14:59

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the IPPC Secretariat, I would like to express my sincere greetings to all of you for the Holiday Season, and also show my high appreciation for your strong support and positive contribution to the IPPC throughout 2016.

The year of 2016 has been a milestone for the IPPC, as it is the first year for the whole convention to implement the IPPC annual themes towards 2020. This year has been also remarkable, as several important activities were organized for the first time, such as presentation of keynote address on the IPPC annual theme “Plant Health ...

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Getting forward - 155th FAO Council supports the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 14:59

At its 155th session held in Rome from 5 to 9 December 2016, the FAO Council endorsed a draft Resolution on the observance of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

The resolution, which was presented by Finland to the recent FAO Committee on Agriculture, recognizes the need for healthy plants as the foundation of all life on Earth, ecosystems functions, and food security. At the same time, it affirms plant health’s critical role in addressing the needs of more food for the increasing world population, and the subsequent need to raise awareness on this role at ...

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Final IPPC Training Workshop for PCE Facilitators held in Costa Rica

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 11:22

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat organized and held the final training for the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators from 31 October – 11 November 2016 in Punta Leone, Costa Rica under the Standards Trade and Development Facility (STDF) project 401: Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators. Magda Gonzales Arroyo, the Capacity Development Committee representative from Latin America, acted as a trainer during the workshop and facilitated the organization of the workshop. Jeffrey Jones and Ana Peralta also acted as trainers in their quality of international phytosanitary consultants. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in ...

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The Annual Meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) Held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 16:55

The annual meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) was held 12-15 December 2016 in Rome, Italy. All eight TPG members were present, representing all six official FAO languages. The meeting was chaired by Mr John Hedley (New Zealand), with Ms Laurence Bouhot-Delduc (France) as Steward. The TPG works on the development and revision of phytosanitary terms in the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5). It has an essential role in ensuring a holistic and horizontal review of consistency in the use of terms in draft ISPMs.

The TPG reviewed two draft ISPMs, responded to comments from ...

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The 9th Meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 13:01

The 9th meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) took place from 5-9th of December 2016 in Rome, Italy. The Meeting was chaired by Ms Sally Jennings, the CDC Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by six CDC members from six of the seven FAO regions, a representative from the CPM Bureau RPPOs, observers from the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation (IICA), and for the first time, a representative from RPPOs.

The meeting kicked off with updates from several IPPC bodies including the ...

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CPM Bureau End of Year Teleconference for 2016 held in Rome

Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 11:00

The CPM Bureau held its annual end of year teleconference on 6 December 2016. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the CPM Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. There were two key topics discussed during the meeting: 1) the Bureau’s review and approval of the IPPC Secretariat work plan and budget for 2017; and 2) the final discussions and decisions on the agenda for CPM-12 to be held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Bureau also received oral updates on a number of issues including the most ...

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The IPPC Training Workshop on Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Successfully Held in Georgia

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 14:44

The second phase of the Nationwide Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) was initiated on 31 October – 4 November 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia, under the framework of the UN-FAO Technical Cooperation Programme Facility TCP/GEO/3601/C1. Ms Ketevan Lomsadze, Capacity Development Officer (Implementation Facilitation Unit) and Ms Carmen Bullon, FAO Legal Officer, conducted a series of technical and awareness raising meetings with stakeholders. During these meetings the ongoing PCE application process, a legal report on the review of the Georgian phytosanitary legislation and weaknesses of the Phytosanitary System identified during the first phase of the PCE were discussed. The meetings were ...

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A Key Step Moving towards Preparation for CPM-12 in Republic of Korea

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 11:48

It was decided that the CPM 12 will be held from 5-11 April 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This would be a big milestone event for the IPPC as it is the first time for the CPM to be held outside of Rome. For a better preparation and organization of the CPM-12, the IPPC Secretariat organized an advance team to pay an official visit to Incheon from 28 November to 2 December 2016, including Mr Craig Fedchock, IPPC Advisor, Ms Tanja Lahti, Administrative Support, and Ms Katarina Spisiakova, Administrative Support. The main objectives of the travel were to review ...

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Important Role of the IPPC in Dealing with Invasive Alien Species in Cooperation with the CBD

Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 09:03

Country representatives and observers are meeting at the UN Biodiversity Conference which is currently being held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4 to 17 December 2016. The International Plant Protection Convention community has been noted as one of the international organizations that the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity cooperates with, in particular for helping addressing issues with the management and control of Invasive Alien Species, which the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community generally refers to as pests.

According to the CBD Secretariat, invasive alien species are species that have been moved by humans, either by accident or intentionally ...

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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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