The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) of the United Kingdom are proud to announce that the first International Plant Health Conference will take place from 21 to 23 September 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, United Kingdom.
The Conference will convene countries from around the world to discuss global scientific, technical and regulatory issues related to plant health aiming to contribute to a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, amongst other objectives.
As one of the main legacies of the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Conference was originally planned to take place in 2020 and hosted by Finland, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Avetik Nersisyan, Officer-in-Charge for the IPPC Secretariat, shared his anticipation for this global event organised by the IPPC community: “The first International Plant Health Conference is a strong, positive step in strengthening collaboration and raising awareness of phytosanitary matters. The IPPC community has been working to continue promoting these initiatives during the past two years of COVID-19 pandemic.” This three-day event will take place in a hybrid mode. All IPHC sessions and side events are going to be streamed online but participants are also encouraged to take part to the event in person. “The possibility to hold the Conference in a hybrid format sends a clear message to the international plant health community that we are moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and we are ready to continue advancing the IPPC work through its Strategic Framework 2020 – 2030 and its development agenda.”
In particular, B.M. Prasanna and Monica Carvajal Yepes will offer a side session on Day 1 (Food Security) during the conference titled: CGIAR Plant Health Initiative: Plant Health Management in the Global South through Partnerships.
More information on the event will be provided soon.