Rome (virtual), Italy, 30/06/2021 30/06/2021



Link for Registration: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WCSjFyXkRWCPUO1YrFmoYw

The IPPC Secretariat presents the IYPH Webinar Series: paving the path to the International Plant Health Conference 2022. The International Steering Committee (ISC) of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) recommended at their 14th meeting that the first International Plant Health Conference (IPHC) should take place in the week of 9 to 13 May 2022, since the COVID-19 pandemic cause its cancellation in 2021. The IYPH Webinar Series aims at building a path leading to the IPHC in 2022 together with the IPPC community, aligning with the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020 – 2030, recently adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).

This series of virtual events wish to engage the international community on the importance of plant health after the IYPH comes to an end and to support the potential declaration of the International Day of Plant Health on 12 May each year by the United Nations General Assembly at the end of 2021.

The second event of the IYPH Webinar Series is going to take place virtually on 30 June 2020 on the relation between climate change, plant health and biodiversity, as an Independent Dialogue of the United Nations Food Systems Summit. The topic aligns with the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020 – 2030 and its Development Agenda, thus providing the initial inputs towards its implementation.


13:00 – Opening remarks: Mr Arop DENG, Integration and Support Team Lead, IPPC Secretariat

13:05 – Keynote Speech

Setting the scene of a changing climate: weather and natural disasters
Mr Petteri TAALAS, World Meteorological Organization (TBC)

13:25 – The Impact of Climate Change on Plant Health

Moderation by Mr Bommakanti RAJENDER, Chairperson of FAO Committee on Agriculture

The IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030 and Climate Change
Mr Peter THOMSON, Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Bureau member for South-West Pacific

Recommendations for the global phytosanitary community arising from the Scientific review of the impact of climate change on plant pests
Ms Maria Lodovica GULLINO, lead author of the FAO scientific review

Establishing a global surveillance system for pests and diseases to improve strategies for minimizing crop loss
Ms Karen GARRETT, co-author of the FAO scientific review

Impact of climate change on forests
Ms Deepa PURESWARAN, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Impact of climate change on agriculture
Mr Peter JUROSZEK, co-author of the FAO scientific review

Impact of climate change in South-West Pacific
Mr Visoni TIMOTE, Pacific Plant Protection Organization Representative

14:35 – Break

14:40 – Climate change, Plant Health and Biodiversity Conservation: making the connection

Moderation by Mr Ralf LOPIAN, Chairperson of the IYPH International Steering Committee

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Invasive Alien Species and synergies among biodiversity-related conventions
Ms. Catalina Santamaria, Senior Programme Officer

Germplasm health and biodiversity
Mr Lava KUMAR, Head of the Germplasm Health Unit, and Virology and Molecular Diagnostics Unit at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Consortium of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Seeds and biodiversity conservation

Ms Hélène KHAN NIAZI, International Agricultural Manager, International Seed Federation (ISF)


15:10 – Q&A Session

15:50 – Closing Remarks

Mr Ralf LOPIAN, Chairperson of the IYPH International Steering Committee