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Strengthening Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the Joint FAO/IAEA Division (AGE)

Posted on Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 15:35

With the kind invitation by Mr Aldo Malavasi, the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, paid a visit to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (AGE) in Vienna, Austria, 14-15 December 2015. The main objective of this visit was to further strengthen cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the AGE. During the visit, Dr Xia observed and studied the Joint FAO/IAEA Division’s Laboratories at Seibersdorf, including the Insect Pest Control, the Food and Environmental Protection, and the Plant Breeding and ...

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New IPPC Online Comment System (OCS) software purchased!

Posted on Fri, 18 Dec 2015, 15:04

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce that FAO has purchased a software for a new Online Comment System (OCS) from PleaseTech following a thorough procurement process. The system, called PleaseReview, will enable IPPC members to share and submit comments on draft standards with the click of a button, and the IPPC Secretariat to manage consultation processes by automating notifications, compiling comments in an easy and efficient manner, and providing data for analysis.

Until 2014, the OCS has proven adequate in meeting user needs, as it provided a simple, efficient and user-friendly online platform, greatly facilitating the work of contact ...

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Planning Capacity Development for 2016

Posted on Tue, 15 Dec 2015, 08:34

The 7th meeting of Capacity Development Committee (CDC) was held from 30 November to 2 December 2015 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was attended by all CDC members, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau representatives and the observers from the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The meeting was chaired by Ms. Sally Jennings (New Zealand) and Mr Sam Bishop (United Kingdom) was elected as rapporteur. The meeting was officially opened by the IPPC Secretary who highlighted the immediate focus on the IPPC towards 2020 and the imminent restructuring of ...

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The First IPPC/CIHEAM Training Course on “Developing Phytosanitary Capacities”

Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015, 09:58

The 1st IPPC/CIHEAM Training Course on “Developing Phytosanitary Capacities” was held 23-27 November 2015 at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAM Bari), Italy. Fifteen students from the Mediterranean region participated in the Master 1 course on Integrated Pest Management from the Mediterranean region as the course was open to NPPOs from the Mediterranean region. The IPPC Secretariat delivered a series of courses on the recent resources developed by the IPPC Capacity Development team which were manuals on: Establishing a NPPO, Operation of a NPPO, Managing relationships with stakeholders, etc.

In addition, general presentations on the IPPC, the ISPMs ...

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The CPM Bureau Teleconference in December 2015

Posted on Fri, 11 Dec 2015, 15:09

The CPM Bureau Teleconference was held on 1st December 2015, and was chaired by Ms Kyu-Ock Yim (Republic of Korea). The main activities of the meeting included: discussion of the agenda of CPM-11 to be held 4-8 April 2016 in Rome, and approval of the 2016 Annual Work Plan and Budget of the IPPC Secretariat. Arrangements for all associated activities around the CPM-11 were set up, such as the IPPC theme for 2016, the topics and speakers for the special sessions, the full programme of side-events, as well as the International Year of Plant Health in 2020. The documents for ...

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The IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America

Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015, 14:09

The IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held 20-23 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. The Workshop was hosted by the Peruvian NPPO, organized by the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and financially supported by COSAVE, OIRSA and the IPPC Secretariat. Seventeen representatives of the IPPC contracting parties and IICA staff attended the workshop, and the IPPC Secretariat participated remotely and through videoconference during the two last days of the meeting.

The participants were quite active and in many cases helped directly to deliver the presentations and coordinate the discussions, as part of the activities prepared for the meeting ...

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The 2nd IPPC Standards Committee in 2015: work to set international standards progresses

Posted on Mon, 23 Nov 2015, 08:47

The 2nd IPPC Standards Committee (SC) convened 16-20 November 2015 at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting was chaired by Mr Bart Rossel (Australia), with presence of 22 out of 25 members and 4 observers. Following the introductions from the IPPC Secretary and Secretariat briefings, key discussions included: the review and approval of ISPMs, proposed revisions of the standard setting procedure and the discussion on the concept of commodity standards.

Three draft ISPMs were moved forward: (1) The draft ISPM on Determination of host status of fruit to fruit fly (Tephritidae) was recommended to CPM for adoption in 2016; (2 ...

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The 27th Technical Consultation among Regional Plan Protection Organizations

Posted on Thu, 19 Nov 2015, 10:48

The 27th Technical Consultation (TC) among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) was held 2-6 November 2015, in Memphis, USA. The meeting was organized by the North American Plan Protection Organizations (NAPPOs), with presence of all nine RPPOs’ representatives. The meeting was officially opened by Mr Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator of the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the USA by a video link. He welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of protecting agriculture and the natural environment, and facilitating safe trade. Mr Jingyuang Xia, the Secretary of the IPPC welcomed everyone and stressed the crucial role of RPPOs ...

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Great Success of the 2nd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto

Posted on Mon, 16 Nov 2015, 16:50

The 2nd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto was held 9-13 November 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and was financially supported by the Government of Korea. About 80 participants attended the Symposium, who came from over 50 contracting parties of the Convention along with industry and multinational organizations. Mr. Suhyon Rho, the Governor of the Animal and plant Quarantine Agency, delivered the Welcome Address, Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary of IPPC Secretariat, did the Opening Remarks, and Ms. Kyu-Ock Yim, the Chair of CPM, made a presentation on the International Year of Plant Health 2020. The Symposium was facilitated by ...

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Achievements of the 16th IPPC-APPPC Regional Workshop for Asia

Posted on Mon, 02 Nov 2015, 17:07

The 16th IPPC-APPPC regional workshop for Asia on the review of draft ISPMs and key IPPC issues was organized from 19-23 October 2015 in Jeju, Republic of Korea, with participation of 35 delegates from 19 countries in the region. This is the 10th workshop hosted and funded by the Republic of Korea. The workshop was opened by Mr Suhyon Rho, Director General of the Department of Plant Quarantine, Rep. of Korea. Dr Piao Yongfan, Executive Secretary of APPPC, welcomed participants on behalf of APPPC and FAO regional office for Asia and Pacific to the 16th IPPC/APPPC workshop. The Chairperson ...

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WTO and FAO to Collaborate on Trade and Food Safety

Posted on Mon, 02 Nov 2015, 10:42

The leaders of the WTO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations announced on 2 November their agreement to collaborate on the issue of trade and food safety. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva agreed at the FAO headquarters in Rome that the two organizations will look into how sanitary and phytosanitary standards and food safety can facilitate trade and promote development.

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International Cooperation on Fruit Flies continues

Posted on Thu, 29 Oct 2015, 13:52

The Technical Panel on Pest Free Areas and Systems Approaches for Fruit Flies (TPFF) convened in Vienna from 19 to 23 October 2015.

The TPFF is composed of 10 international fruit fly experts and includes a representative of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, which also hosted the meeting. Chairperson for the TPFF was Ms Ana Lilia Montealegre Lara (Mexico). The collaboration between the IAEA and the FAO on fruit flies is an excellent example of inter-agency and international cooperation to create a solid scientific basis for IPPC standards, as well as a forum ...

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IPPC Surveillance standard being modernized

Posted on Wed, 28 Oct 2015, 15:31

The IPPC Expert Working Group (EWG) for the Revision of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 6: Guidelines for Surveillance (2009-004) met from 28th September to 2nd October 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The meeting, organized by the IPPC Secretariat, was hosted by the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand and the chairperson was Mr Paul Stevens (New Zealand). Nine participants attended the EWG, including four experts selected by the Standards Committee (SC) from Argentina, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, the steward from Poland and two representatives from the host/organizer.

The purpose of the EWG was to ...

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CPM Bureau meets around the SPG

Posted on Tue, 27 Oct 2015, 09:14

The CPM Bureau meeting was held in Rome on 12 and 16 October 2015, with the objective of managing and finalizing outcomes of the Informal Strategic Planning Group (SPG) with the main theme “The IPPC toward 2020”. The meeting was chaired by Ms Kyu-Ock Yim (Republic of Korea), The CPM chairperson highlighted that the SPG meeting neds to focus on discussions of strategic nature to set the future priorities of the IPPC. Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, emphasised the theme of "IPPC towards 2020", stressing the relevance of linking the IPPC Secretariat’s work to the relevant UN post-2015 ...

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