Closing Ceremony of International Year of Plant Health

Rome (virtual), Italy, 01/07/2021 01/07/2021

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At its eighth meeting, the IYPH ISC recommended that the IYPH 2020 Closing Ceremony be held on 1 July 2021 in conjunction with the closure of the first International Plant Health Conference (IPHC) in Helsinki, hosted by the Government of Finland. This was partially revised by the IYPH ISC at its fourteenth meeting, which further postponed the IPHC to 12 May 2022, while requiring that the IYPH Closing Ceremony still be held on 1 July 2021.

The main objectives of the IYPH Closing Ceremony are to:

(i)               present the outcomes of key IYPH initiatives undertaken in 2020 and the first half of 2021;

(ii)             highlight the IYPH achievements and trigger further reflections on the status of plant health around the world; and

(iii)           stress the importance of plant health to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Tentative Agenda of the IYPH Closing Ceremony




13:00 – 13:05 

Introduction by moderator and projection of IYPH video 

13:05 – 13:10 

Welcome remarks by QU Dongyu 

Director-General, FAO 


13:10 – 13:15 

Message from His Excellency Jari Leppä 

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Finland 


13:15 – 13:20 

Message from Her Excellency Pippa Hackett 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of the Republic of Ireland 


13:20 – 13:25 

Message from Songowayo Zyambo 

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture of Zambia  

13:25 – 13:30 

Message from Stella Kyriakides 

EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 

13:30 – 13:35 

Message from Monty Don 

IYPH Advocate for Europe (UK) 


13:35 – 13:40 

Message from Diarmuid Gavin  

IYPH Advocate for Europe (Ireland) 


13:40 – 13:45 

Message from Rodrigo Pacheco  

IYPH Advocate for Latin America and Caribbean (Ecuador) 


13:45 – 14:00 

Distribution of awards for winners of photograph, drawing and video competitions 

14:00 – 15:00 

Panel discussion – moderated by Jingyuan Xia 

Director, FAO Plant Production and Protection Division 


14:00 – 14:05 

Opening remarks by Jingyuan Xia  

Director, FAO Plant Production and Protection Division 


14:05 – 14:15 


Presentation by Ralf Lopian 

Chairperson, IYPH International Steering Committee 


14:15 – 14:25 

Presentation by Kyu-ock Yim 

Vice-Chairperson, IYPH International Steering Committee 


14:25 – 14:35 

Presentation by Michael Keller 

Secretary-General, International Seed Federation 


14:35 – 14:45 

Presentation by Ibrahim Al-Jboory 

President of the Arab Society for Plant Protection 


14:45 – 15:55 

Presentation by Victoria Valenzi 

Youth representative – presenting IYPH Youth Declaration 


14:55 – 15:00 

Conclusion remarks by Beth Bechdol 

Deputy Director-General, FAO 


The event will be moderated by Yasmina Bouziane, Deputy-Director of the FAO Office of Communications.