Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-6)

13-24 February 2006 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights from Tuesday, 14 February

On Tuesday, 14 February, the Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-6) convened at UN Headquarters in New York . In the morning, delegates convened in two Working Groups. Working Group I discussed global goals, and addressed the legal framework and voluntary code/guidelines/international understanding. WGII considered, inter alia, means of implementation and enhanced cooperation.
 


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Working Group I
 
 
Working Group I Co-Chairs Franz Xaver Perrez, Switzerland, and Jose Antonio Doig, Peru, with members of the Secretariat
 
 

Regarding the preamble, Costa Rica (left) recognized that SFM can contribute to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and internationally agreed development goals.

 
 

On developing a voluntary instrument by 2007, Austria, for the EU, said they would submit proposals outlining the elements of a voluntary code/guidelines/international understanding, and highlighted the following elements: the importance of national goals and objectives; international cooperation; more effective financial strategies; improved mechanisms of implementation; capacity building; and stakeholder involvement. The EU also proposed clear and time-bound goals.

 
 

On national efforts to contribute to global goals, Switzerland (left) proposed language on establishing and publishing quantifiable, voluntary national targets. Chile (right) and others requested retaining language stating that an LBI remains an option for the future.

 
 
 
Working Group II
 
 
Working Group II Co-Chair Majdi Ramadan, Lebanon (left) and Ralph Roberts, Canada (right), who said Canada preferred removing text on voluntary contributions by donor countries, and suggested the development of an LBI, and the creation of a new forestry fund.
 

 

Austria, on behalf of the EU (left), cautioned it may be premature to determine working modalities. She also suggested that interaction between the global and local levels could be facilitated by alternating annually between regional and global meetings. On means of implementation, the US (right) inserted text on supporting SFM activities in developing countries.

 
 
Switzerland (left) proposed text requiring the submission of national reports after 2009, based on progress in implementation and contribution to global goals. He also requested that new financial resources be from “public, private, domestic and international” instead of “all” sources, and called for voluntary contributions to the trust fund.
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 

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