On 23 March 2012, the IPPC formally recognized the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO) as the tenth Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) under the IPPC. The announcement was made on the last day of the Seventh Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). A number of RPPOs congratulated NEPPO on this achievement. NEPPO recognized this important occasion for the Near East plant protection community and noted that NEPPO would need the full support of other RPPOs, FAO, the IPPC and WTO during the transitional period after its creation when financial support and additional expertise was needed.
NEPPO entered into force in 2009 and one year after it established its structure, adopt rules and procedures, elected its President and Vice-president and nominated its Executive Director. Member states of NEPPO are Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. As of March 2012, Iran, Mauritania and Yemen have signed the agreement but not ratified. More information can be found at:
The objectives of NEPPO are to promote international cooperation in the region in strengthening plant protection activities and capabilities with the aim of:
• Controlling pests of plants and plant products in an appropriate manner; • Preventing the introduction and spread of pests; and • Facilitating safe trade.
RPPOs have an important role in facilitating the implementation of the IPPC and associated international standards, and in the dissemination of phytosanitary information. The IPPC community looks forward to working with NEPPO is achieving these goals.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook