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Forests Policy & Practice

Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10)

8-19 April 2013 | Istanbul, Turkey
 
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UNFF10

Friday, 19 April and Saturday, 20 2013

2:51am
UNFF11 is suspended

2:46am
Plenary UNFF10 is gaveled to a close and UNFF11 opens

1:53am Resolution on Emerging Issues and MoI for SFM adopted by acclamation by the UNFF10 plenary.

1:46am
Resolution on Agenda Items 3, 4, 5 and 8 adopted by acclamation by the UNFF10 plenary.

1:36am
UNFF10 Plenary convenes.

12:40am
Copies of the draft resolutions circulated within the plenary hall. Plenary has yet to convene.

12:00am
Plenary may convene soon at UNFF10.

10:47pm
Closed door meetings continue at UNFF10 to reconcile language between the WGs texts.

9:47pm
Closed door meetings continue at UNFF10 to reconcile language between the WGs texts.

8:00pm
UNFF10 Bureau meeting underway to address unresolved issues.

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) entered its final day on Friday, 19 April. Throughout the day contact groups convened under Working Group (WG) I and WGII to resolve outstanding issues, particularly on forests and economic development (WGI), and means of implementation (MOI) for sustainable forest management (SFM) and emerging issues (WGII). As of 6:00pm WGI and WGII have not reconvened.

WGI reconvened at 6:00pm to discuss the outcomes of the contact group and further discuss unresolved issues, WGI adjourned at 6:15pm, pending agreed text in WGII on emerging issues and further consultations in the contact group.

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Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair, gaveled the meeting to a close at 2:46am.
 
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L-R: Mahir Küçük, Deputy Under-Secretrary-General, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, and Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director, at the close of UNFF10.
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Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director
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Mahir Küçük, Deputy Under-Secretrary-General, Ministry of Forests and Water Affairs, Turkey
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Samuela Lagataki, Fiji, for G-77/China
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Charles Barber, US
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WG II Co-Chair Srećko Juričić, Croatia
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Saiful Azam Martinus Abdullah, Rapporteur, Malaysia
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WGI Co-Chair Anna Masinja, Zambia
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Noel Holleran, Ireland, for the EU
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Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair (center), consulting with the UNFF Secretariat
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Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair, conferring with Ivonne Higuero, UNFF Secretariat
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) continued on Thursday, 18 April. In the morning, following informal group consultations, delegates in Working Group (WG) I continued the second reading of the revised draft text. Delegates in WGII reconvened in informal groups throughout the morning, addressing the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) process and means of implementation (MoI) for sustainable forest management (SFM).

In the afternoon, WGI reconvened for the third reading of the revised draft text. WGII met briefly for an update from the informal groups, followed by a resumption of discussions in the informal groups. In the evening, a brief stocktaking plenary convened to assess progress of the WGs. The work of both WGs continued late into the night.


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WGI delegates from the G-77/China reviewing text
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L-R: Mita Sen, UNFF Secretariat and WGI Co-Chair Anna Masinja, Zambia
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WGII informal group on MoI for SFM
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests continued on Wednesday, 17 April. In the morning, Working Group (WG) I convened for the second reading of the revised draft text. It then adjourned for further consultations by negotiating blocs and resumed during lunch. Under WGII, early morning informal consultations convened on the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG). The WG met for an update on these informal consultations, which continued thereafter.

In the afternoon, WGI continued the second reading of the revised draft text, while negotiating blocs continued informal consultations on the text at the same time. WGII commenced the second reading of the revised draft text, while a drafting group addressed the issue of the 2015 review of the IAF. Negotiations in both WGs continued late into the evening.

Side events took place during the lunch period on advances in Amazon cooperation on deforestation monitoring and the launch of a new initiative - Turkey's Forests for the Future We Want.


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L-R: Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; WG II Co-Chair Srećko Juričić, Croatia; WG II Co-Chair Saiful Azam Martinus Abdullah, Malaysia; and Sangeeta Sharma, UNFF Secretariat
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L-R: Ulrich Apel and Ian Gray, Global Environment Facility
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L-R: Wladimir Tene and Juan Andres Salvador, Ecuador
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WGI delegates from Turkey consulting
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Sergio Hernández, Mexico
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Capitolene Nsabiyumva, Burundi
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Tobias Ogweno, Kenya
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests continued on Tuesday, 16 April. In the morning, plenary addressed the Forum Trust Fund and heard a briefing on budgetary and legal matters. In the morning and afternoon, the Working Groups (WG) continued their readings of the zero drafts of their decision text. WGI completed its first reading of text on: assessment of progress made on the implementation of the Forest Instrument and towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests; regional and subregional inputs; forests and economic development; and enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination. WGII completed the first reading of text on emerging issues and means of implementation. Under WGII, informal consultations on issues relating to the Ad Hoc Expert Group continued into the evening.

The GEF hosted a side event on SFM for multiple benefits during the lunch period.


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L-R: Stadler Trengove, UN OLA; Ivan Koulov, UNDESA; Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair; and Jennifer de Laurentis, UNFF10 Secretary
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Suchat Kalyawongsa, Thailand
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Silje Trollstøl, Norway
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Se Kyung Chong, Republic of Korea
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L-R: Amber Coyle and Alan Reid, New Zealand
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Delegates from China consulting
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Delegates from the EU in informal consultations with the US
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L-R: Peter Csoka, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, and Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director
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Monday, 15 April 2013

The 10th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) continued on Monday, 15 April. Working Group I (WGI) met throughout the day, discussing forests and economic development in the morning, and assessment of progress made on the implementation of the Forest Instrument and towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs), regional and subregional inputs, and enhanced cooperation on policy and programme coordination, including the provision of further guidance to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), in the afternoon. Working Group II (WGII) discussed emerging issues in the morning, and means of implementation (MoI) for sustainable forest management (SFM) in the afternoon. In both working groups the zero draft of the decision text was introduced. Member States made general comments on the text and then commenced with the first reading of the text.

Side events took place during the lunch period on forestry activities in Turkey and on good business - making private investment work for forests.


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L-R: Mauricio Dorfler, Executive Director, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organizatio (ACTO); Diego Pacheco, Bolivia; Antonio Matamoros, ACTO; and Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair
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Paulino Franco de Carvalho, Brazil
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Elise Haber, South Africa
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Takahiro Wakabayashi, Japan
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L-R: Mario Rafael Rodriguez, Guatemala, and Sergio Hernández, Mexico
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L-R: Benjamin Singer and Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat
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Friday, 12 April 2013

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) continued on Friday, 12 April. Working Group I met throughout the day, discussing forests and economic development in the morning, and assessment of progress made on the implementation of the Forest Instrument and towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs), regional and subregional inputs, and enhanced cooperation on policy and programme coordination, including the provision of further guidance to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), in the afternoon. Working Group II also met throughout the day and discussed means of implementation (MoI) for sustainable forest management (SFM) in the morning, and emerging issues in the afternoon. A stocktaking plenary took place in the evening to review progress.

Side events took place during lunch and in the evening on: reporting to UNFF10; dry forests; realizing the development and investment potential of locally controlled forestry; certification as a screening tool for investment in the forest sector; and social and economic considerations on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+), biodiversity and people.

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Delegates from Turkey consulting
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L-R: Freezailah Bin Che Yeom, Malaysia; in informal consultation with Paulino Franco de Carvalho, Brazil
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Participants wearing traditional attire from the Toros Yoruk nomads fom Antalya, Turkey
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Thursday, 11 April 2013

The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) continued on Thursday, 11 April. Plenary convened throughout the day to discuss agenda items on emerging issues and means of implementation (MoI) for sustainable forest management (SFM). Side events took place on a variety of issues during the lunch period, including on: private sector and forest funding; implementing the Forest Instrument; and means of implementing forest conservation. In the evening, side events took place on: new tools for the Bonn Challenge restoration of 150 million hectares; outcomes of the UNFF Major Groups Global Workshop; and outcomes of the Lviv Forum.

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Delegates from the US consulting
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André Jules Madingou, Gabon
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Rekha Pai, India
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Toferry Soetikno, Indonesia
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Participants enjoying free samples of Turkish organic tea
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Wednesday, 10 2013

The tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF10) continued on Wednesday, 10 April. Plenary convened throughout the day. In the morning delegates addressed agenda items on: regional and subregional inputs; enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination, including the provision of further guidance to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF); and forests and economic development. In the afternoon a Multi-stakeholder Dialogue was convened.

Side events took place during the lunch period on: forests, post-2015 and the Rio+20 outcomes; the Asia Forest Partnership 2002-2012; afforestation and reforestation in Israel; the road from Oslo to the Madrid Extraordinary Ministerial Conference; European Forest Week 2013; evidence-based forestry; and advances in Amazon cooperation on deforestation monitoring. In the evening the UN Forests for People Awards were presented and UN Development Programme (UNDP), Turkey, launched a new initiative, "Turkey’s Forests for the Future We Want."

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L-R: Elena Estrada Wilke and Edurne Lacalle Galdeano, FOREST EUROPE
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Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director, provided brief remarks to open the Dialogue
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Shashi Kant, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, Canada, moderated the Dialogue
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Preecha Siri, Thailand, Forest Hero winnner for Asia and the Pacific
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

UNFF10 continued on Tuesday, 9 April. In the morning, participants convened in two roundtables on forests and economic development and the Rio+20 outcome, the post-2015 development agenda and IAF. Delegates then convened in plenary for a high-level interactive dialogue with the heads of the member organizations of the CPF, followed by the resumption of the Ministerial Segment, which continued throughout the afternoon. A number of side events also took place during lunch, including on: forests and economic development; preview of a new global forest monitoring partnership; opportunities for forests in a green economy; forests and landscape restoration, and SFM for multiple benefits.

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L-R: Mahendra Joshi, UNFF Secretariat; Arvids Ozols, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia; H.E. Veysel Eroğlu, Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey; H.E. Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana
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Uma Lele, former World Bank Senior Advisor, delivering her keynote address
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Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
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Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair and Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment
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L-R: Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France; Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair and Co-Chair of Ministerial Segment; H.E. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Under-Secretary-General for the Environment, Energy, Science, and Technology, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil; Sangeeta Sharma, UNFF Secretariat
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Ismail Harun, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysia
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Fabiana Loguzzo, Director of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture, Argentina
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Gerhard Mannsberger, Director-General, Forestry Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria
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L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Tim Christophersen, Senior Programme Officer, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Peter Dewees, Forest Advisor, Sustainabe Development Network, World Bank; and Mansour N'Diaye, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
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Tim Christophersen, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP
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GEF CEO and Chair Naoko Ishii
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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
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Monday, 8 April 2013

The 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF10) opened today in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting convened in plenary throughout the day. In the morning session the plenary addressed the organization of work, the assessment of progress made on the implementation of the Forest Instrument, and forests and economic development. The Ministerial Segment of the meeting also opened and included a speech by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister, Turkey. In the afternoon, the plenary considered emerging issues and MoI for SFM, and the delegates heard statements as part of the Ministerial Segment.

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L-R: H.E Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, is greeted by Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director, and Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
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L-R: Delegates from the Republic of Moldova, Botnazi Tudor and H. E. Gheorghe Şalaru, Minister of the Environment
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L-R: Mahendra Joshi, UNFF Secretariat, consulting with Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director
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Related Links
UNFF resources

*UNFF10 website

*UNFF10 provisional agenda

*UNFF10 official documents

*UNFF10 provisional organization of work

*UNFF10 Bureau minutes

*Concept note for the ministerial round on forests and economic development

*Concept note for the ministerial roundtable on the Rio+20 outcome and Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

*UNFF10 Voluntary Reports

*UNFF10 side events


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3), 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-seventh Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-47) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 14-19 November 2011, Antigua Guatemala

IISD RS coverage of UNFF9, 24 January – 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of ITTC-46 and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan

*IISD RS coverage of Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

IISD RS coverage of UNFF8, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

IISD RS coverage of UNFF7, 16-27 April 2007 , UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of forests negotiations

*ISD RS forests webpage

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

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

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development
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