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Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3)

3-5 April 2013 | Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will resume from 3-5 April 2013 in Saint Petersburg, the Russian Federation.

INC-Forests was launched by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (FOREST EUROPE) to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on forests in Europe with a completion deadline of 30 June 2013. Although begun by FOREST EUROPE, INC-Forests is an independent process.

INC-Forests1 focused on providing guidance to the INC Bureau to elaborate the initial negotiating text of the agreement, and INC-Forests2 undertook a first reading of the initial text drafted by the Bureau, worked on revised texts, and revised the roadmap for the negotiation process and intersessional work.

INC-Forests3, which convened from 28 January - 1 February 2013 in Antalya, Turkey, completed the second reading of the draft negotiating text and began the third reading. However, the meeting was suspended following a decision to reconvene from 3-5 April 2013 in Saint Petersburg in order to have additional time to complete key tasks before the convening of the last INC-Forests session allowed under its mandate, to be held from 10-14 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. These key tasks include: the decision on whether to bring the agreement under the UN umbrella; initiating legal scrutiny of the final clauses; negotiating financial and compliance provisions; and deciding on the roadmap for negotiations from Saint Petersburg to the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference slated for late 2013 in Madrid, Spain, where the results of the negotiations will be presented to ministers for possible adoption and signature.

IISD RS will provide daily digital coverage and a summary report of this meeting. Return to this site on Wednesday, 3 April 2013, for more information.
View of the Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg (photo courtesy of the New Peterhof Hotel, venue of the meeting)
View of the Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg (photo courtesy of the New Peterhof Hotel, venue of the meeting)
Related Links
Meeting resources

*Meeting website and documents

*Annotated provisional agenda

*Draft negotiating text for a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe as of the end of INC3 Plenary session on the afternoon of 1 February 2013

*Draft Annex on arbitration and other annexes to the draft negotiating text

*Updated Roadmap for the negotiation process

*Oslo Mandate

*INC-Forests1 website

*INC-Forests2 website

*INC-Forests3 website


Other relevant resources

*FOREST EUROPE

*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues

*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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