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United Nations Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994, 4th part

16–27 January 2006 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Agreement achieved!
Negotiations produce a successor agreement to the ITTA, 1994

Highlights from Friday, 27 January 2006

The UN Conference on the Negotiation of the Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994), Fourth Part has managed to achieve consensus, after two weeks of intensive negotiations. In the morning, a joint working group met and approved all articles except for that on the Administrative Account, left open due to disagreement over the proportion of funding to be devoted to operational activities versus administrative costs.

In the afternoon, plenary adopted the text of the agreement after delegates agreed to text in the article on the Administrative Account limiting the operational costs to one-third of the assessed contributions budget. All other articles of the agreement were adopted with minor editorial changes. The plenary was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. as delegates celebrated the successful conclusion of the Agreement. 


Joint Working Group


President Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos, Brazil, WGII Chair Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland, WGI Chair Alhassan Attah, Ghana, and Carlos Moreno Mericaechevarria, Advisor, Legal Services

President Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos, Brazil
Delegates during the morning Joint Working Group
WGII Chair Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland
WGI Chair Alhassan Attah, Ghana
Carlos Gonzalez, Venezuela
Rubén Dario Guerrero Useda, Colombia, supported by Venezuela, proposed deletion of quote and genetic resources from the preamble
Mbella Mbella, Cameroon
Miyano Michiko, Japan
Enzo Barattini, European Commission, noted that European countries would have to consult with their capitals regarding Chair Blaser's proposed text on assessed contributions

Final Plenary


Left to right: WGI Chair Alhassan Attah, Ghana, President Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos, Brazil, Lisanne Losier, UNCTAD, and WGII Chair Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland


President Paranhos presented the text of the Agreement for final adoption. Delegates approved all articles, with only Article 19 on the Administrative Account receiving discussion. Working Group II Chair Jürgen Blaser said that delegates had reviewed the text for the section on capping contributions to operational costs, and that all had approved. Delegates were given the opportunity to make statements regarding the new Agreement, after which it was adopted in its entirety.


President Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos, Brazil

Bambang Tri Hartono, Indonesia

Luiz Cesar Gasser, Brazil, for producers, said that the new agreement is the result of a balance of expectations of both Producers and Consumers, and that all delegates have shown flexibility. He noted that although the outcome is far from adequate for funding operational costs, the producers have decided that the package as a whole merits a spirit of compromise.
Enzo Barattini, European Commission, said that a spirit of cooperation has guided all delegates. He noted that this is the only international negotiated agreement concerning forests, and it is a shining example commitment from its members.
Freezailah Che Yeom, Malaysia, supported Brazil’s statement and noted that the objectives of the agreement identify and address new issues. He lamented that the consumers’ statement was not agreed and noted that progress toward Objective 2000 hinges on additional funding.
Zhang Kening, China, noted that all parties made compromises and sacrifices, and that there is a new spirit of cooperation between consumers and producers
Mbella Mbella, Cameroon, delivered a message from the Minister of Forests, Cameroon, expressing the African group’s satisfaction with the Agreement
Hideo Fukushima, Japan, noted, as the host country, that the Agreement signals a renewed commitment to the objectives of sustainable forest management

Lakshmi Puri, UNCTAD, lauded the delegates for the successful agreement, which she believes retains the best features of the previous agreement while opening doors to new steps in sustainable forest management

President Paranhos, in his closing statement, reviewed progress achieved from 2003 and said that the new Agreement moves forward from the traditional lines of ITTA, 1994 to a stage where funding is more predictable


Delegates celebrate the successful completion of ITTA, 2006 with a champagne reception


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Left to right: Diego Noguera, ENB Digital Editor, and Rubén Dario Guerrero Useda, Colombia


ENB Team. Left to right: Peter Wood (Team Leader), Canada, William McPherson, United States of America, Lauren Flejzor, United States of America, Twig Johnson, United States of America, Karen Alvarenga de Oliveira, Brazil, Marsel Kuzyakov, Russia, Deborah Davenport, United States of America, and Diego Noguera, Colombia


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