The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 2020 as the
International Year of Plant Health to raise global awareness of plant
health, and its role in increasing food security. The UNGA Plenary approved
the draft resolution during their 73rd session in New York City on December
"The International Year of Plant Health offers a 'once-in-a-lifetime'
opportunity for plant protection professionals to promote plant health to
policy makers, stakeholders and society," said Ralf Lopian, Chair of the
International Year of Plant Health Steering Committee. Lopian added that the
year will demonstrate that plant health is an indispensable precondition to
achieving zero hunger, zero poverty, economic development, and environmental
The International Seed Federation (ISF), member of the Steering Committee,
has been actively involved in coordinating efforts by its national seed
associations to collaborate with their national plant protection offices on
activities planned to promote the International Year of Plant Health.
"Plants are the foundation of life on earth and we are proud to be part of
this initiative to protect the world's plant resources from pests," said ISF
Secretary General Michael Keller.