Pest and Pesticide Management

FAO works closely with WHO through different so called “joint meetings” on pesticide aspects like the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM), the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Specifications (JMPS) and the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR). These bodies were established in 2007, 2002 and 1963, respectively, with the purpose of promoting global standards and good practices with the overall goal of protecting human health and the environment and promoting agriculture development. The multi-stakeholder and cross sectoral s nature of these joint meetings is considered extremely fruitful by all parties involved.

  • The JMPM advices FAO and WHO on the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management and the development of its technical guidelines.
  • The primary functions of the JMPS are to produce recommendations to FAO and WHO on the adoption, extension, modification or withdrawal of pesticide specifications and to develop guidance and procedures in establishing pesticide specifications.
  • The JMPR provides scientific advice to Codex Alimentarius, the world’s food standard setting body, on maximum residue limits for pesticides in food and feed.

The Rotterdam Convention is a multilateral environmental agreement with the objective to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals, with the objective to contribute to their environmentally sound use and protect human health and the environment from potential harm. It facilitates information exchange about their characteristics, provides for a national decision-making process on their import and export and disseminates these decisions to the Parties.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is a multilateral treaty that aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of plant and plant products pests including wild plant species. The Convention currently has over 180 contracting parties.