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Forests Policy & Practice

Second Meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

12-16 January 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York, US

Daily Web Coverage
Highlights for Monday, 12 January 2015
UNFF
The second meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Αd Ηoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) opened in New York, USA. In their opening remarks, Co-Chairs Charles Barber, US, and Raymond Landveld, Suriname, highlighted the intersessional work completed since the last UNFF meeting and the role of AHEG2 to inform a decision on the future of the intergovernmental arrangement on forests (IAF) at the eleventh meeting of the UNFF (UNFF11). Many opening statements remarked on what UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho called the “rare political opportunity” presented by the sustainable development goals (SDGs) process. In his statement, Ambassador Noel Nelson Messone, UNFF11 Bureau Chair, underscored the need for forests to be high on the SDG agenda to help achieve sustainable development. Thomas Gass, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, highlighted that the SDGs place special emphasis on vulnerable groups, which is also important for forests.

Also during the morning, AHEG2 heard a presentation on the findings and suggestions of the IAF Independent Assessment. Members engaged in a discussion with the Team of Independent Consultants, which prepared the report and recommendations, and, in particular, discussed the suggestions related to the future institutional arrangements of the IAF.

In the afternoon, AHEG members heard a presentation on the China Country-Led Initiative workshop on the IAF beyond 2015 and an update on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda process. Members also discussed the views of member states, organizations and stakeholders put forward in their submissions.
View of the World Conference Center Bonn, venue of the meeting
Room view during the Plenary
Main Session
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Co-Chair Raymond Landveld, Suriname
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Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA
Ambassador Marianne Odette Bibalou, Gabon, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Noel Nelson Messone, Chair, UNFF11 Bureau
Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UNFF Secretariat
Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, Senior Policy Advisor, UNFF Secretariat
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Hans Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, Co-facilitator, Independent Assessment of the IAF
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Saiful Azam Martinus Abdullah, Malaysia, Co-facilitator, Independent Assessment of the IAF
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Jarad Momeni, Iran
Mafa Chipeta, Malawi, Independent Assessment of the IAF
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Matthias Schwoerer, Germany
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Heikki Granholm, Finland
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Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland, Independent Assessment of the IAF
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Ricardo Martinez Umali, the Philippines, Independent Assessment of the IAF
Maxim Lobovikov, Russian Federation, Independent Assessment of the IAF
Modesto Fernández, Cuba
Thiago Cavalcanti, Brazil
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Delegates networking
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Co-Chair Charles Barber with Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat
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Jorge Illueca, Panama, Independent Assessment of the IAF, with Co-Chair Charles Barber, US
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Keith Ripley, ENB and Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Knut Øistad, Norway
Co-Chair Charles Barber, US
Rowena Watson, US
Participants Networking
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Around the Venue
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Daily Web Coverage
Related Links
UNFF Resources

*AHEG2 Website *AHEG2 Provisional Organization of Work *AHEG2 Provisional Agenda
*Views and Proposals on the IAF *AHEG1 Report *UNFF10 Report


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Workshop on the International Arrangement on Forests beyond 2015 - “A Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests”, 29-31 October 2014, Beijing, China

*IISD RS coverage of UNFF10, 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

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