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Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:10

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance. The emergence of Tuta absoluta on the African agricultural landscape has rekindled pertinent questions regarding Africa’s capability to protect local agriculture and enhance international trade. The importance of being battle-ready on a grand scale rather than leaving those who are struggling to make daily lives take up arms against a pest they barely know about, is therefore not difficult to see. Thus, strengthening our national or preferably regional approach to plant protection could be key.

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The world health body you’ve never heard of – but should have

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 11:34

This is a synopsis of a full article on Theconversation.com that can be seen at https://theconversation.com/the-world-health-body-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-have-59114 and is written by Eric Boa.


In a world where physical goods and living things are moved around with increasing frequency to more places, the opportunities for diseases and pests to spread are multiplying all the time. The consequences of new incursions can be catastrophic, hence the need for a trio of organizations that oversee health matters at a global level. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the best known of the triumvirate, most recently for the wrong reasons ...

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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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IPPC Secretariat and Senior CABI officials meet in Rome

Posted on Fri, 23 Oct 2015, 14:18

An IPPC delegation led by Secretary Jingyuan Xia met with a delegation of senior officials from CAB International led by CABI CEO Trevor Nicholls on Thursday, October 22. During the meeting the two parties drafted a letter of intent with some specific goals for the future which, once reviewed and finalized, should lay the foundation for a future programme of work aimed at enhancing awareness of both organizations and the importance of plant health and protection. Among other things, the two organizations hope to participate in joint Plantwise/IPPC workshops and cooperate on the promotion of an international year of ...

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IPPC Secretariat Participates in Tenth Meeting of the Biodiversity Liaison Group

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 ...

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CPM Bureau sets tracks for more efficiency and greater impact of the IPPC

Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2015, 16:24

The CPM Bureau held a noteworthy meeting in Rome from 9-12 June 2015. In the presence of the new IPPC Secretary Mr Xia Jingyuan, the CPM Bureau tackled important forward-looking issues such as the future IPPC Secretariat structure, IPPC governance and the planned International Year of Plant Health in 2020.

The CPM Bureau which is the executive committee of the CPM consists of the elected seven regional representatives. It has been delegated by the CPM to provide guidance and decide on administrative issues on behalf of the CPM.

The recent meeting of the CPM Bureau was characterized by its deliberations ...

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New IPPC Secretary Named

Posted on Thu, 05 Mar 2015, 11:22

Mr. Jingyuan Xia of the People’s Republic of China has been named by FAO Director General Graziano da Silva as the next Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). Mr. Xia has a BSc in plant protection, as well as an MSc and PhD in entomology. He has held several senior positions with Chinese agricultural institutions and most recently has been Permanent Representative and Minister Plenipotentiary to FAO. Mr. Xia will be taking over the position of Mr. Yukio Yokoi who resigned from the position of Secretary and has since taken up a position as Senior Advisor in ...

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IPPC Secretariat Meets with CBD Executive Secretary

Posted on Wed, 21 Jan 2015, 10:25

(Rome, 20 January 2015). Members of the IPPC Secretariat met with Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary Dr. Braulio Dias for a detailed discussion on the relationship between the two Secretariats of the two conventions. Among other things, they discussed revision of the joint work plan, and other opportunities related to the Liaison Group on Biodiversity. Both Secretariats are focused on enhancing their relationship to work on matters of mutual interest as well as to push forward in order to meet the Aichi Targets.

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IPPC Efforts Toward a Seed Standard in the News

Posted on Fri, 09 Jan 2015, 15:16

The initial issue of the European Seed Magazine has reported on the latest developments regarding the IPPC's effort to develop a seed standard. The article can be found at the following link: http://european-seed.com/just-doctor-ordered/

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Providing Strategic Foresight for the Next 20 Years

Posted on Tue, 14 Oct 2014, 17:11

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting took place from 7-10 October 2014 in Rome, Italy, to provide strategic guidance to the IPPC governing body. The SPG attracted 23 strategic thinkers from 19 countries around the world, including 9 developing countries.

A wide range of issues were discussed and included key secretariat work such as the development of an IPPC implementation programme on surveillance, the framework for standards development, the revised national reporting obligations programme, and the ePhyto feasibility study. The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM – IPPC governing body) Bureau provided an update on 2014 activities ...

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IPPC Financial Committee

Posted on Mon, 23 Jun 2014, 19:50

The meeting of the IPPC Financial Committee took place on 23 June 2014 in Rome, which was opened by the new Chairperson, Mr John Greifer, after the recent reshuffling of the members. The Committee discussed various financial issues, including the financial report, resource mobilization (efforts, results and potential activities) as well as the financial implications of ongoing IPPC activities such as the ISPM15 symbol registration. The IPPC Financial Committee was established as a part of the IPPC Resource Mobilization Strategy, which was adopted by CPM-7, in March 2012.

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IPPC Coverage of Aquatic Plants

Posted on Thu, 29 May 2014, 16:09

At the 9th Session of CPM, the Recommendation CPM-9/2014/1 covering "IPPC Coverage of Aquatic Plants" was adopted: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/governance/cpm-recommendations/ippc-aquatic-plants. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), having the purpose of “securing common and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products”, does not distinguish between terrestrial and aquatic plants and does not specifically refer to aquatic plants. Furthermore, as clarified by the CPM on several occasions, the IPPC deals with the protection of plants whether cultivated, managed or wild.

Aquatic plants may, as other plants, be ...

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CABI and IPPC Technical Working Group meets in Rome

Posted on Fri, 22 Nov 2013, 16:47

This past week, the Technical Working Group (TWG) between the IPPC Secretariat and CABI, including its Plantwise programme, met at FAO Headquarters in Rome to review the progress made since they convened last January to identify the areas of common interest and possible joint activities in the future. Given the different but complementary nature of IPPC and CABI activities, the TWG intends to explore how they can best synergize their respective missions while also improving understanding and building capacity amongst IPPC contracting parties and CABI member countries on areas of mutual interest. Discussions during the two-day meeting aimed to highlight ...

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The IPPC and CBD meet for their third joint meeting in Montreal

Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2013, 16:54

Photo by CBD Secretariat On 16-17 of September, the IPPC Secretariat participated in a meeting with the Secretariat of Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), in Montreal, Canada. Joined under the Memorandum of Cooperation (2004), the two Secretariats have agreed to cooperate on relevant activities conducted under their frameworks, “to promote synergy, to avoid overlaps and unnecessary duplication, and to ensure effective cooperation.”

The objective of this third joint meeting was to exchange updates on recent major developments, identify activities for possible future collaboration, and work to formulate specific work plans with emphasis on issues such as invasive alien species and biosafety ...

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