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The FAO Director-General: the use of public standards to ensure phytosanitary protection and food security

Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2015, 16:40

1 July 2015, Geneva - Global trade can play an important role in improving food security and nutrition and in fighting poverty and hunger while the use of science-based public standards is essential to ensure plant health and food safety, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told participants in the World Trade Organization's 5th Global Review of Aid For Trade.

While plant, animal and food safety is particularly important in trade to instill confidence in consumers and in importing countries with regards to traded products, food safety incidents, or plant and animal disease outbreaks can have negative impacts on ...

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WTO SPS Technical Assistance Activities in 2014: General Information

Posted on Mon, 26 May 2014, 13:10

The Secretariat of the WTO is organizing various technical assistance activities on the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) in 2014. The overall objective of the SPS technical assistance activities is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government officials from WTO developing country Members and Observers, so they can better understand and implement the SPS Agreement, benefit from its provisions, and strengthen their capacity to engage in the work of the SPS Committee. Activities planned for 2014: - Thematic SPS Workshop on Risk Analysis. From 13 to 17 October 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland. Application deadline: 6 ...

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WTO-SPS June Meeting

Posted on Fri, 28 Jun 2013, 19:35

The IPPC Secretariat participated as an observer at this week’s meeting at the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Geneva, Switzerland. During the meeting, the Secretariat provided three important interventions to the Committee concerning the recent developments from the eighth Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in April, updates on recent and forthcoming capacity development activities, as well as the status of and forthcoming programs for the Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS). The Secretariat also made a short presentation during the roll-out of the Standard and Trade Development Facility's (STDF) publication on International Trade ...

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The IPPC Secretariat Updates the WTO/SPS Committee

Posted on Fri, 11 Nov 2011, 09:10

On 18-19 October, 2011, the IPPC Secretariat reported to WTO/SPS Committee on the major developments related to the core activities of the IPPC, as well as on the activities of the CPM.

The purpose was to provide stakeholders the opportunity to take advantage of the information provided. Specifically, the report emphasised the period July-October 2011 and summarized the principal issues addressed during those four months. The highlights of the IPPC Secretariat's report included:

The IPPC Standard Setting process has been reviewed for the third time and modifications have been recommended for CPM consideration in 2012

Thanking those countries ...

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