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Forty-seventh Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-47) and Associated Sessions of the Committees

14-19 November 2011 | Antigua Guatemala


Highlights for Friday, 18 November 2011

DAILY WEB COVERAGE


New location for Friday's sessions @ Ruinas San José el Viejo

ITTC-47

The Forty-seventh session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) entered its fifth day of discussions today in Antigua, Guatemala.

In the morning, the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and Forest Industry reviewed and accepted the committees' draft report for submission to the Council. The CEM elected Rob Busink, the Netherlands, as Chair and Moses Wogbeh, Liberia, as Vice-Chair. For CFI, James Gasana, Switzerland was elected Chair and Ruth Turia, Papua New Guinea, was elected Vice Chair. Meanwhile, the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) elected Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim (Malaysia) as Chair and Alicia Grimes (US) as Vice Chair for ITTC-48, and reviewed and agreed to each agenda item in its draft report to the ITTC, including outstanding issues on recommendations to the ITTC and the Report of the Session. The Committee bid farewell to long-time ITTO Secretariat member Eduardo Mansur who will be leaving the organization in 2012. Following this, the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) met to discuss a revised draft administrative budget for 2012. At lunch, delegates participated in a side event on the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT) organized by the Nature Conservancy. In the afternoon, the Producers and Consumer caucuses met separately.

In the evening, the CFA continued discussions on the draft administrative budget for 2012. The Chairpersonĺs open-ended drafting group met throughout the afternoon and late into the night, discussing final decisions.


Daily Highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)

Commitee on Reforestation and Forest Management

Panel for the CRF
Alicia Grimes, US; Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim, Malaysia

Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and Committee on Forest Industry

Participants in the morning session of CEM/CFI
Rob Busink, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Malaysia

Committee on Finance and Administration

Enzo Barattini, European Commission
Cindy West and Malcolm Jamieson, Australia
Panel for the CFA

Ellen Shaw, US
Anne Schick, Switzerland
Dennis Bebego, Papua New Guinea
Jon Heikki Aas, Norway

Council Session

Chisato Aoki, ITTO Secretariat and panel for the session
Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat

Side Event: Work of the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program (RAFT) in Participating Countries

Charles Barber, US; Alicia Grimes, US; Cole Genge, The Nature Conservancy; Maidiward, Indonesia; Chen Hin Keong, Traffic International

Around the Conference

(L-R): Floriano Pastore, ITTO Secretariat; Hwan Ok Ma, ITTO Secretariat; Manako Hanawa, ITTO Secretariat; Alicia Grimes, US; Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim, Malaysia; Eduardo Mansur, ITTO Secretariat; Celestine Ntsame-Okwo, ITTO Secretariat

Inside the Ruinas San José el Viejo

Volcanoes of Antigua

Volcán de Agua
Volcán de Fuego and Acatenango

Scenery in Antigua

Iglesia la Merced
Ermita de Santa Lucia
Ruinas de San Agustin

Statue of San Nicolas De Tolentino staring through the underground hallway between wings of the Porta Hotel Antigua
Tanque de la Union

Porta Hotel Antigua
concrete logo
Statue of San Mateo
Carved portrait of San Pedro
Statue of San Antonio

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ITTO resources
*ITTC-47 website
*ITTC-47 general information and supporting documents
*Provisional schedule of meetings
*Report of the 46th ITTC session

General resources
*The Collaborative Partnership on Forests
*The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
*UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Platform on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry
*UN Forum on Forests
*International Union of Forest Research Organizations Expert Panel Report on the International Forest Regime

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Canc´┐Żn Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Canc´┐Żn, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fifth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-45) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Session of the UN Forum on Forests, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fourth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 3-8 November 2008, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-third Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS archive of forest-related meetings
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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