UNFF-2: Second Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
UN Headquarters || 4-15 March 2002
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Day 6: 11 March

Delegates kicked off the second week of UNFF-2 with a brief morning plenary, during which they heard reports from the Chairs of the Working Groups, and adopted an organization of work. Participants then worked in two separates groups, one discussing the ministerial statement, and the other to continue negotiating the draft terms of reference of the Ad Hoc expert groups. Right: Chairs Leiner, Øistad and Chaves enjoying a few calm moments before the the afternoon session in Conference Room I.
Sounds and image from day 6 of UNFF-2
< Jag Maini, Head of the UNFF Secretariat (left) discusses the proposed programme for the day with Osita Anaedu (Nigeria, right) before the morning Plenary, while UNFF-2 Chair Knut Øistad (Norway) passes by in the background en route to the dais.
 

Listen to Chair Øistad's proposed organization of work for the day: Part one Part two.
Delegates later decided to continue negotiating the draft terms of reference of the Ad Hoc experts group, and to delay work on criteria for evaluation of the effectiveness of the UNFF until tomorrow.

 

 

 
< Chair Patricia Chaves led the discussion in the informal consultations on the draft terms of reference for the Ad Hoc group of experts.
 
< Chair Chaves in discussion with a member of the American delegation.
 
< View of the informal consultation on the ministerial message. The message is to be issued at the UNFF-2 high-level segment. which is to commence on Wednesday.
 
< Hossein Moeni Meybodi (Iran), Chair of Working Group I, reported on the group’s accomplishments last week. He stated that the group completed its work on agenda items 3b, Progress in Implementation, and heard a report of the CPF. He expressed the group’s readiness for the next round of discussions and negotiations on draft outcomes of the meeting.
Listen to report on Working Group I
 
< Chair Ositadinma Anaedu (Nigeria) reported that Working Group II was faced with a large quantity of draft text but felt confident that consensus could be achieved. He noted that the contact group on criteria for evaluation of the effectiveness of the UNFF had not yet met, but would report back to Working Group II once it completes it work.
Listen to report on Working Group II (excerpt)
 

G-77/China said it required more time to consider text, and that it could not attend more than two meetings at any given time . He agreed with the Chair's proposition to prioritize work on the ministerial declaration and on the terms of reference of the Ad Hoc experts group, and save discussion on the criteria for evaluation of the effectiveness of the UNFF for later in the week.
Listen to the G-77/China's statement
Left: The Chair of the G-77/China (left) discussing procedure with Chair Øistad, while Kira Schmidt of the ENB (right) looks on.

 
< Supporting the Chair's proposed programme of work, Australia expressed fear that the Forum may run out of time to complete its work.
Listen to Australia's statement
 
< Delegates decided to continue negotiating the draft terms of the reference of the Ad Hoc expert groups, foregoing an originally scheduled meeting of the informal consultation on criteria for evaluation of the effectiveness of the UNFF.
Stefan Leiner (Germany), Chair of the informals on criteria for evaluation, gave a short report on the work that the group will undertake tomorrow.
 
Chairs Leiner, Øistad and Chavez
 

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