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Forests Policy & Practice
Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)

10-14 June 2013 | Warsaw, Poland

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Highlights for Thursday, 13 June 2013

On Thursday, 13 June, the INC began by discussing its recommendations to the Extraordinary FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference scheduled for November 2013, including delegations' preferences regarding: which organization to invite to adopt the convention; who should act as depositary and open the convention for signature; which body or bodies should host the interim secretariat; and which body or bodies should elaborate the arrangements for the permanent secretariat.

The plenary then heard and discussed a report by contact group facilitator Throstur Eysteinsson, Iceland. Delegates agreed to, inter alia: delete "UNECE-FAO" in the title; replace the expression "agreement" throughout the text with "convention"; remove brackets from and agree ad referendum the preamble, article 1 (terms and definitions), article 4 (general provisions) and article 8 (forest biodiversity); and replace "assess" with "assess or analyze" in article 11 (monitoring and reporting). The plenary also agreed to a number of changes suggested by the contact group on articles 12 (COP), 14 (Secretariat) and 15 (compliance).

In the afternoon, two groups met in parallel.  One, a contact group facilitated by Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine, sought to produce compromises on the recommendations to be presented to the Ministerial Conference. The other, facilitated by Stephen Lowe, UK, combined a contact group with the Legal Expert Group and sought to clean up the "final clauses" (articles 16-26).

The plenary reconvened briefly at 5:40pm to hear progress reports from the two groups. Chair Heino then announced that he would hold another round of informal consultations on institutional issues during the dinner period and then chair a contact group that would start work at 9 PM to attempt to resolve all outstanding issues in the draft negotiating text. The second contact group on recommendations to the Ministerial Conference was also scheduled to resume its work at 8 PM.

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Chair Heino (center) opened the plenary discussion on presenting the INC’s results to the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference. (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)

Contact group facilitator Throstur Eysteinsson, Iceland, reports on the group's deliberations on articles 1-15. (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)
Stephen Lowe, UK, facilitated the joint session of the contact group and Legal Expert Group. (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)

Marat Berdyev, Russian Federation, intervenes in the plenary discussion on the presentation of the INC’s results to the Ministerial Conference. (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)

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In the afternoon the contact group and Legal Expert Group met jointly to reach compromises and clean text in the final clauses (articles 16-26) of the draft convention.
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Delegates in the contact group on the presentation of the INC’s results to the Ministerial Conference (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)
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Meeting resources
*Session website
*Session documents
*Session annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website
*INC-Forests3 website
*Resumed INC-Forest3

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 Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of Resumed INC-Forest3, 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of 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 UNFF9, 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*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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