STATEMENTS ON THE
MALAYSIA (Right) supported assigning a thematic focus to each session, but
said that trade, finance and technology transfer should be
cross-cutting issues to be addressed at each session. Remarking
that a ministerial segment is insufficient to ensure political
will, she suggested that countries commit to attaining a minimum
level of forest cover and begin deliberations on a legal framework
as early as possible.
SWITZERLAND stressed that implementation of the IPF/IFF
proposals for action will be carried out primarily by countries,
emphasized that the UNFF must focus on a limited number of tasks to
make solid accomplishments, and supported focusing on one central
theme at each meeting.
NIGERIA stressed the importance of capacity building, finance
and technology transfer as means of implementation, and proposed
establishing ad hoc working groups on these issues. He said that
the issue of a legally-binding instrument should only be taken up
after evaluation of the UNFFï¿½s work.
The US submitted a proposed schedule for the three
intermediate UNFF sessions. She noted the possibility for
intersessional work, and for including NGO and private sector
efforts in the PoA. She emphasized that the goal is implementation
by countries, and that international actions by the CPF and UNFF
should be merely in support of national policies. She said
countries should set their own targets, goals and timetables, and
report on a voluntary basis, by thematic areas.
PERU said implementation of the IPF/IFF proposals for action
required a favorable international context, and supported
inclusion of cross-cutting issues at each session.
AUSTRALIA emphasized feedback in the MYPOW, drawing on
country and regional experiences in implementing proposals for
action. He suggested a ministerial meeting at UNFF-6 instead of
UNFF-5. He emphasized, inter alia, multi-stakeholder dialogue,
inclusion of the private sector in expert working groups and
country-led initiatives, and said monitoring, assessment and
reporting should be related to the themes of each session.