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IPPC Strongly Represented at Biodiversity Workshop in Geneva

Posted on Mon, 22 Feb 2016, 15:31

The Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions was held on 8-11 February 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the first joint Workshop of all seven International Biodiversity-Related Conventions, including the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar Convention), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR-FA), and the World Heritage Convention (UNESCO-WHC). The main ...

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Achievements in Implementation Facilitation in 2015

Posted on Mon, 08 Feb 2016, 09:01

The IPPC Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU), as part of the IPPC Secretariat, participated in the IPPC Secretariat Annual Meeting that took place on 22 January 2016.

Mr. Orlando Sosa, IPPC Implementation Officer, presented the activities of the IFU over the past year. The most notable activities reported included, among others:

  1. 5 Projects or its components valued at USD 3 million were managed by the Unit: IRSS, STDF350 and STDF 401, Strengthening Phytosanitary Capacity in selected Middle East and North Africa Countries and Africa Solidarity Trust fund – Strengthening SPS capacities in Southern Africa.)
  2. 26 technical resources were produced (manuals, guides, videos ...

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Achievements in Integration and Support in 2015

Posted on Fri, 05 Feb 2016, 09:03

The IPPC Integration and Support Team (IST), as part of the IPPC Secretariat, participated in the IPPC Secretariat Annual Meeting that took place on 22 January 2016.

Mr. David Nowell, Information Officer, presented the IST activities over the past year. The most notable activities reported within the following areas included:

  1. National Reporting Obligations (NROs): NROs UPDATE - 12 monthly newsletters for over 400 recipients, 1 training before the CPM and during the regional workshops, work on the development of quality control programme, a NRO reminders system, and further development of pest reporting through RPPOs (EPPO and PPPO);
  2. Dispute avoidance and settlement ...

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Diagnostic Protocols newly adopted!

Posted on Wed, 03 Feb 2016, 17:37

Photos: Evolution of symptoms of pine (Pinus pinaster) infested by Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, from healthy tree to dead. (Photo courtesy T. Schröder, Julius Kühn-Institute, Germany.)

Diagnostic Protocols newly adopted!

The IPPC Secretariat is delighted to announce that on 30 January 2016 three more diagnostic protocols (DPs) have been adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the CPM (Commission on Phytosanitary Measures):

  • DP 10 (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) (2004-016)
  • DP 11 (Xiphinema americanum sensu lato) (2004-015)
  • DP 12 (Phytoplasmas) (2004-018)

These DPs have now been added to the suite of adopted diagnostic protocols, Annexes to ISPM 27 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests ...

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Kuwait - WTO Workshop on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Posted on Tue, 02 Feb 2016, 09:17

A Regional Workshop on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement) for the Arab Region took place from 25-29 January 2016 in Kuwait. Members from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia and UAE participated in this training touching upon all aspects of the implementation of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement. IPPC Coordinator Craig Fedchock was part of the mission team composed of WTO staff and trainers from the two other international standard setting organizations recognized in the agreement, Codex and OIE.

After initial lectures and discussions the participants ...

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Achievements in Standard Setting in 2015

Posted on Mon, 01 Feb 2016, 15:50

The IPPC Standard Setting Unit (SSU) participated in the recent IPPC 2016 Annual Meeting, taking place at FAO Headquarters on 22 January 2016. The meeting was an occasion to reflect on the 2015 accomplishments and to present strategies and activities for 2016.

Mr. Brent Larson, Senior Standards Officer, presented highlights of the activities of the SSU activities over the past year. The highlights included, among others:

  1. Nine adopted standards (including annexes, Diagnostic Protocols (DPs) and Phytosanitary Treatments (PTs));
  2. 100 topics for standards worked on;
  3. Three consultations that generated 3646 comments from 48 contracting parties;
  4. 19 meetings with 273 participants prepared ...

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Plant Health Management Essential to Mitigate for Climate Change

Posted on Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 17:26

The 3rd IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Climate Change was held in FAO-HQ on 27 January. The Seminar was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the IPPC Secretariat, with over 80 participates present including those from Missions or Embassies of China, France and South Africa. There were also some participates from Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Ivory Coast, USA, etc. through virtual meeting. Three internationally recognized speakers made the speech: His Excellency Serge Tomasi (French Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome) presenting on the Achievements and Implications of COP 21 on Climate Change; Mr Martin Frick (Director of ...

Tags: Climate changePest Riskspest risk analysisSDGsplant healthphytosanitary measures
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Theme of 2016 Annual Meeting for the IPPC Secretariat: Team and Cultural Building

Posted on Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 10:09

The 2016 Annual meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 22 January at the HQ-FAO in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for 2015, to plan the core activities for 2016, and to strengthen internal management. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary to the IPPC, with participation of all Secretariat staff. Team Leaders, Brent Larson, David Nowell and Orlando Sosa, made briefings for the respected teams, and Craig Fedchock, the IPPC Coordinator, delivered a report for the IPPC Secretariat. All staff actively shared ...

Tags: IPPC Secretariatintegration and supportimplementation facilitationstandard setting
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A New Look for ISPMs for the New Year!

Posted on Fri, 15 Jan 2016, 11:45

As a welcome to 2016, the IPPC Secretariat has published its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) in English, French and Spanish with a brand new, modern and appealing layout: [https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/standards-setting/ispms/].

Although they are available in English, French and Spanish only at present, other language versions will follow as resources become available. Not only do these versions have a new look, but the French and Spanish versions also include ink amendments previously approved by CPM in English. This is a milestone towards aligning the language versions of the ISPMs and is the outcome ...

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Strengthening IPPC-Brazilian cooperation

Posted on Thu, 14 Jan 2016, 15:21

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, held a meeting with H. E. Ms Maria Laura da Rocha, the Ambassador of the Brazilian Permanent Representation to FAO, on 14 January 2016 in FAO-HQ. The IPPC delegation was composed of the IPPC coordinator, Mr Craig Fedchock, the Information Exchange Officer, Mr David Nowell, and the Agricultural Officer in Standard Setting, Ms Adriana Moreira; and the Brazilian Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Larissa Maria Lima Costa (alternate FAO Representative of Brazil). The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the strengthening cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and the BRICS country Brazil. The ...

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Ireland supports the IYPH with EUR 25 000

Posted on Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 09:01

The Government of Ireland has entered into an Agreement with FAO and has donated EUR 25 000 in order to support the efforts to declare an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020). The donation by Ireland is the first direct financial contribution to promote the proclamation of the IYPH 2020. The IPPC Secretariat is very grateful for this donation from Ireland since it will allow it to undertake IYPH 2020 related activities which had no previous financial foundation. Dr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to the IPPC stressed that the donation by Ireland has a signal character and that ...

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Works on Harmonization of International Phytosanitary Terminology

Posted on Tue, 22 Dec 2015, 14:05

The IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) meeting was held 7 - 10 December 2015 in Rome, Italy. The meeting was opened by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, and was chaired by Mr John Hedley (New Zealand). All eight TPG members participated, including the TPG Steward, Ms Laurence Bouhot-Delduc (France), hereby representing the six official FAO languages. The TPG works on harmonization of international phytosanitary terminology, and revises 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 all draft ISPMs.

For ...

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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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