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Launch of the International Year on Plant Health 2020

Monday, 2nd December 2019 from 17:45 to 19.30
Sheikh Zayed Centre

 

About the event:

At its 73rd session in December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, proclaiming 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The UN Resolution A/RES/73/252 calls upon FAO, in collaboration with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), to lead the implementation of the International Year.

The launch event will take place at Sheikh Zayed Center, FAO Headquarters on 2 December from 17:45 – 19:45. The official programme (opening and panel discussion) will be enriched by a plant health exhibit in the FAO atrium.

Purpose:

The purpose of the event is to mark the launch of IYPH whose specific objectives are to:

  • Raise the awareness of the public and political decision makers at the global, regional and national levels about plant health.
  • Promote and strengthen national, regional and global plant health efforts and their resources in light of increasing trade and new pest risks caused through climate change.
  • Educate the public and increasing its knowledge about plant health.
  • Enhance dialogue and stakeholder involvement in plant health.
  • Increase information about the state of plant protection in the world.
  • Facilitate the establishment of plant health partnerships on national, regional and global levels.

The IYPH is also expected to increase awareness of the importance of healthy plants to achieve several Sustainable Development Goals, including 1 (No Poverty); 2 (Zero Hunger); 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production); 13 (Climate Action); 15 (Life on Land) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

Agenda

Opening of plant health exhibition in FAO atrium by FAO Director-General

 

Speaker

OPENING
Moderator: Mr Roberto RIDOLFI

Opening and Launch of the International Year of Plant Health by FAO Director-General

Mr QU Dongyu

Message

Mr António GUTERRES
UN Secretary-General

Remarks

H.E. Edward CENTENO GADEA
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Nicaragua
H.E. Andrew DOYLE
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine of Ireland
Ms Jaana HUSU-KALLIO
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
Ms Tamara FINKELSTEIN
Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,

PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: Mr Hans DREYER

Introductory remarks

Mr Bukar TIJANI
FAO Assistant Director-General of Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department

 

Mr Ralf LOPIAN
Chairperson of IYPH International Steering Committee

 

Mr Ulrich KUHLMANN
Executive Director, Global Operations, CABI

 

Mr Michael KELLER
Secretary-General of International Seed Federation

Closing remarks

Mr Jingyuan XIA
IPPC Secretary

RECEPTION FAO Terrace

Responsible office:

IYPH Secretariat IYPH@fao.org

Concept Note

 

Languages:

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Twitter hashtag:

#CL163; #IYPH2020 #PlantHealth