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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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Highlights for Monday, 8 April 2013
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UNFF10
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.
View of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, a great architectural marvel dating back to the
Byzantine Empire. Photo by Franz Dejon
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Opening Plenary
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L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; H.E. Veysel Eroğlu, Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey; Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair and Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment; Jennifer de Laurentis, UNFF10 Secretary; and H.E. Néstor Osorio, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN

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Mario Ruales Carranza, Ecuador, UNFF10 Chair and Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment
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H.E. Néstor Osorio, President ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN
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Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
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H.E. Veysel Eroğlu, Co-Chair of the Ministerial Segment and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey
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H.E Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey
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Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
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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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Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director
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Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director, presented the Report of the Secretary-General on Forests and Economic Development and the Report of the Secretary-General on Conclusions and Recommendations for Addressing Key Challenges of Forests and Economic Development
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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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Delegates from the Philippines
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Delegates from South Africa
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L-R: Mahendra Joshi, UNFF Secretariat, consulting with Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director
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Statements from the Ministerial Segment
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Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chair, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chair, GEF, addressing the plenary during the Ministerial Segment
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H.E. Henri Djombo, Minister of Economy, Forestry, and Sustainable Development, Republic of Congo
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H.E. Bautista Rojas Gomez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic
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H.E. Blaise Ahanhanzo-Glèlè, Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development, Benin
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H.E. Waleed M.M. Assaf, Minister of Agriculture, State of Palestine
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Bela Szombati, Minister Counsellor, European Union
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Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda
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H.E. Keri-Ann Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
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Photos from the Reception hosted by the Goverment
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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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