Dear NAPPO Stakeholders,
I am writing to inform you about the work status of the NAPPO Secretariat and also share with you a recent consensus decision by the NAPPO Executive Committee (EC), with the Advisory and Management Committee‚Äôs support (AMC) concerning the upcoming 44 th NAPPO Annual Meeting (scheduled for Nov.¬†16-19, 2020 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico).
Here in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is the location of the NAPPO Secretariat office, we have been under mandatory stay-at-home orders from our Governor since Monday, March 30 th. ¬†As such, Alonso, Nedelka and Sofia are primarily working from home, while I ‚Äúmake the rounds‚ÄĚ to the office 1-2 times per week to check the mail and ensure that everything is OK at the NAPPO office. Our Governor notified this week that our stay-at-home policy remains in effect until at least May 8 that which time they will assess if the COVID-19 metrics are continuing to favor a gradual reopening of our state. If this is the case, then NC will begin a Phased approach to reopening for business. During Phase 1 (3-4 weeks in duration) work at home is still strongly recommended.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, NAPPO, your Regional Plant Protection Organization, has been and continues to be active in advancing the 2020 work program. Please be aware that during this time, NAPPO‚Äôs Secretariat has continued its day-to-day business and together with its member countries continues to work to advance the regional plant health mission and other international priorities.
For example, the NAPPO Secretariat in collaboration with its member countries:
- Continue to schedule, host, and participate in numerous Expert Group virtual meetings that are¬†advancing the revision of several Regional Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (09, 22, 35,¬†etc.) as well as other strategic initiatives important to North America. This includes launching¬†two new projects for NAPPO ‚Äď ToBRFV pilot and ISPM 25 Guidance ‚Äď please refer to the 2020¬†NAPPO Work Program (available on the NAPPO website) for more details.
- Will open Country Consultation for 2-3 NAPPO documents on June 1, 2020.
- Continue to work with our industry stakeholders to advance regional and international¬†phytosanitary issues.
In addition, the NAPPO Secretariat:
- Is investing ‚Äúnewfound‚ÄĚ time to improve the NAPPO website - making it more responsive to¬†tablet and smartphone platforms ‚Äď and, finally,
- Is reviewing its internal document archiving policies and procedures to ensure that they meet¬†their increasingly complex work demands.
With respect to the 44 th NAPPO Annual Meeting, the NAPPO EC reached a consensus decision, with the AMC‚Äôs support, on April 30 to postpone, until further notice, the 2020 NAPPO annual meeting to later in 2021. In making this decision, the NAPPO EC recognized the uncertain travel conditions and other social - health regulations that are and will continue to significantly impact planning for and attendance to our¬†Annual Meeting combined with the desire to have a robust and productive meeting which may not be achievable without the necessary attendance from government, industry, and other sectors.¬†¬†
Many thanks and best regards,
Stephanie Bloem, Ph.D.