The IPPC Secretariat has been working together with UN Environment within the UN Environment Multilateral Environment Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative for the last several months on a variety of issues. This successful collaboration between both organizations resulted in developing an e-learning course “Introduction to the International Plant Protection Convention”. UN Environment provided free technical assistance and support to develop the course.

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The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) met from 05 to 09 February 2018 at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in Paris, France. The main objective of the meeting was to revise draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) in various stages of development, discuss several horizontal issues related to DPs and review the TPDP work programme with strategic discussions on the future of the IPPC DPs. The meeting was chaired by Ms Gèraldine Anthoine (France) and attended by all seven TPDP members (from Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, the United States of America and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)). Additionally, the meeting had the participation of the TPDP Steward Ms Jane Chard, (United Kingdom), the Assistant Steward and co-author of the draft DP for Striga spp. Ms Jayani Wathukarage (Sri Lanka), the host and expert Ms Françoise Petter (EPPO), and representatives from the IPPC Secretariat.

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