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Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission

Focus: International Relations

Why in News?

The Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission unanimously elected India as chair of the Standing Committee on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the biennium 2023-24 during the 32nd Session held in Bangkok.

Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission: Overview and Objectives

Background:

  • The Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission is an intergovernmental organization established in 1956 under the approval of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • Its purpose is to foster collaboration among countries in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance plant health and protection.

Membership:

  • The commission comprises 25 member countries, including India, with each country represented by its delegates.

Organizational Structure:

  • The commission’s structure involves the participation of representatives from all member countries. A Chairperson, elected from among the members, serves for a two-year term.
  • The Director-General of the FAO appoints and supports the secretariat responsible for coordinating, organizing, and overseeing the commission’s work.

Meetings:

  • The commission convenes at least once every two years, providing an opportunity for all member countries to participate.

Objectives:

  • The primary objectives of the commission include coordinating and supporting plant protection activities among its member countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • It focuses on developing regional standards for phytosanitary measures (RSPMs) and other relevant initiatives to safeguard plant health and promote sustainable agricultural practices

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