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UNFF commences deliberations on Chair's draft text
On Thursday morning, delegates met in concurrent Working Groups. Working
Group I met to consider the Chair's draft decision on the future
international arrangement on forests. Working Group II met to discuss
draft elements of the ministerial declaration as well as the issue of
finance relating to the international arrangement. Regional group
consultation continued throughout the day. Above, ENB's Andrew Baldwin
discusses the metaphysics of forests with Paolo Vicentini of Italy.
Thursday, 19 May
Working Group I
Modesto Fernandez Cuba urged the Secretariat to follow UN procedures
and provide translated versions of the Chair's draft text in languages
other than English.
Tony Bartlett of Australia supported the G77/China's request for additional
time to examine the draft text.
Jan McAlpine of the United States said it is important that all regional
groups be prepared before deliberation of the text begins.
Working Group II
Speaking for the G-77/China, Deidre Mills of Jamaica requested
additional time for group consultations.
Sem Bilal Werzeg of Mauritania suggested that initiatives aimed at
combating deforestation be focused on underlying causes.
Speaking for the EU, Frank Wolter of Luxembourg suggested that the
Chair's draft ministerial declaration should convey the importance of
forests in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Mara Angélica Murillo Correa of Mexico favored quantifiable global
goals associated with clear time frames and self-defined national targets.
David Rhodes of New Zealand suggested the inclusion of realistic and
measurable global goals capable of demonstrating the potential of
forest to contribute to the social agenda.
Ralph Roberts of Canada supported the inclusion of global goals, but called
for addressing deforestation separately from the issue of forest degradation.
Around UNFF 5
Members of the Chinese delegation confer in Working Group II.
Light and shadow in the corridors.
"Take my picture!" said Nigeria's Lilian Ajayi.
Even the view out the windows is nice.
Additional photos of Tuesday's
tree planting by 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai
have now been posted.