United Nations Forum on Forests Open-ended ad hoc expert group on the consideration of the content of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests

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11 December 2006
12 December 2006
13 December 2006
14 December 2006
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11-15 December 2006
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Daily highlights:
Monday, 11 Dec - Tuesday, 12 Dec - Wednesday, 13 Dec - Thursday, 14 Dec - Friday, 15 Dec
Highlights from Monday, 11 December
 

On Monday, 11 December, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) open-ended ad hoc expert group (AHEG) on the consideration of the content of the non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) on all types of forests convened at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning and afternoon plenary sessions, delegates addressed organizational matters, heard opening statements and considered the draft composite text of the NLBI. In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held to clarify legal and financial issues relating to the NLBI.

 
 
Press Conference: Briefing on the work of the expert group drafting a new international agreement to manage the world's forests: Pekka Patosaari, Director, UN Forum on` Forests Secretariat, expert group Chair Hans Hoogeveen (Netherlands), and Vice-Chair Hamidon Ali (Malaysia)
 
 
 
Pekka Patosaari, UNFF Director, and Chair Hans Hoogeveen during the opening plenary
 

Panel discussion: This panel discussion aimed to clarify legal and financial issues relating to an NLBI.

 
 
Charles di Leva, World Bank, Francisco Rezek, former judge, International Court of Justice, Pekka Patosaari, UNFF Director, Facilitator Daniela Simioni, Office of the UN Secretary-General, Chair Hans Hoogeveen, and Markku Simula, forest expert.
 
 
Francisco Rezek, former judge, International Court of Justice, outlined the historical context of non-binding agreements and clarified the legal aspects of an NBLI.
 
 
Charles di Leva, World Bank, underscored increased understanding of the linkages between global forests and climate change, and payment for ecosystem services, since the adoption of the Rio Forest Principles. Markku Simula, forest expert, made a presentation on financing of SFM, highlighting the important role of private sector investment. Daniela Simioni, Office of the UN Secretary-General, facilitated the panel discussion, and highlighted the gender perspective on forests, the nexus between gender, energy and forests and the role of women in SFM.
 

 

Daily highlights:
Monday, 11 Dec - Tuesday, 12 Dec - Wednesday, 13 Dec - Thursday, 14 Dec - Friday, 15 Dec
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Links to IISD RS coverage

IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-6), 13-24 February 2006, United Nations Headquarters, New York
IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-5), 16-27 May 2005, United Nations Headquarters, New York
IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-4), 3–14 May 2004, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-3), 26 May - 6 June 2003, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Second Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-2), 4-15 March 2002, United Nations Headquarters, New York
IISD RS coverage of the first session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-1), 11-23 June 2001, United Nations Headquarters, New York
United Nations Forum on Forests Ad Hoc Expert Group on Consideration with a View to Recommending the Parameters of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on All Types of Forests (AHEG-PARAM), 7-10 September 2004, United Nations Headquarters, New York
IISD RS coverage of the Country-Led Initiative in Support of the United Nations Forum on Forests: Scoping for a Future Agreement on Forests, 16-18 November 2005, Berlin, Germany
IISD RS "Linkages" forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction to global forest policy
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