Posted on Thu, 17 Sep 2015, 10:58
IPPC Secretary, Jingyuan Xia, and IPPC Coordinator, Craig Fedchock, were active participants in the tenth meeting of the Biodiversity Liaison Group made up of the seven sustainable development agreements (SDAs) in Geneva on September 16.
The agenda covered a wide variety of topics, and the IPPC reported on developments related to activities related to the International Year of Plant Health proposal, as well as ePhyto efforts (to include additional cooperation between CITES and IPPC on similar systems). BLG conventions were invited by Secretary Xia to take part in the upcoming International Symposium on ePhyto to be held in Korea in November 9-13, 2015. Of particular note was a request from CBD Secretary Braulio Dias for parties to all of the MEAs to work with their CBD national focal point to identify financial needs for the next Global Environmental Fund (GEF) funding cycle (a list of CBD focal points is available here).