The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 9 October 2017 at FAO-HQs in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Marie-Claude Forest, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. In addition to the FC members, observers from European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB), and IPPC Secretariat representatives attended the meeting.
The IPPC FC discussed mainly the recent resource mobilization efforts of the IPPC Secretariat, the draft document of the IPPC Secretariat Work Plan and Budget for 2018, sustainable funding mechanism for the IPPC work programme, comparison of CPM-12 costs in Republic of Korea to average CPM costs in Rome, and the future ISPM 15 symbol registration renewal costs. The financial position of the IPPC Secretariat and the sustainable funding initiative for the IPPC work programme were discussed in depth and proposed to the CPM Bureau meeting and the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) for further consideration during the same week.
The IPPC FC noted changeling financial situation of the IPPC Secretariat, especially with regard to the IPPC Multi-donor trust fund and strongly supported the efforts of the IPPC Secretariat in sustainable funding initiative. The IPPC FC proposed certain improvements to the proposed IPPC Secretariat Work Plan and Budget for 2018 and endorsed its draft for further considerations by the CPM Bureau meeting in October.
The IPPC FC showed great appreciation to Mr. Lopian who resigned from the FC after 5 years of sophisticated service, expressed sincere gratitude to him for his notable contributions, and wished him a great success in his shifted focus to promotion of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) initiative in 2020.
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