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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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The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) will meet from 10-14 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.

The INC-Forests process 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 and worked on revised texts.

INC-Forests3 was convened in two parts, the first from 28 January - 1 February 2013 in Antalya, Turkey, and a “resumed” session held from 3-5 April 2013 in Saint Petersburg, the Russian Federation. Among other things, INC-Forests3: completed the second reading of the draft negotiating text and launched the final reading; decided to bring the agreement “under the UN umbrella”; and decided 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.

Under the mandate given to INC-Forests, the Fourth Session is to be the last negotiating session. INC-Forests4 negotiators must not only finalize the substance of the main agreement text and proposed annexes on arbitration and conciliation, but also: complete the legal scrutiny of final clauses; consider major cost elements, possible sources of financing and options for the agreement; decide whether the agreement will be a regional or global convention; and decide which UN organ will host the agreement and which will be part of the agreement’s secretariat.

IISD RS will provide a summary report of thi Session on Monday, 17 June 2013.
View of Warsaw Mermaid (photo courtesy of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, venue of the meeting)
View of Warsaw Mermaid (photo courtesy of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, venue of the meeting)
Related Links
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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