NAPPO meeting logo - 2010Mr. Yukio Yokoi, the Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention, attended the 34th North American Plant Protection Organization annual meeting which took place in Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada from 18 - 22 October 2010. The meeting had broad participation from the NPPOs in the region, the NAPPO and IPPC Secretariats, and also a significant number of participants from private industry groups such as landscaper, nursery, potato producers and forest products associations.
A special symposium focused on pathway risk analysis with the expectation that the outputs from the symposium will form the basis of a regional standard on the subject.
The IPPC Secretary, thanking the participants for their active roles in the IPPC framework, presented an update on the IPPC work programme, with the particular reference to its potential roles for the future and the current critical resource challenges. To this end, the Secretary noted he would welcome any suggestions or discussions on ways of improving resource mobilization for the IPPC work programme in both the short and long-term.
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