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CMS Seventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
United Nations Headquarters, New York | 16-27 April 2007
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UNFF: All Working Groups, All Day

On Thursday, 19 April, the Seventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF7) convened at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) on all types of forests, and the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) for the period 2007-2015. Delegates convened in two working groups throughout the day: Working Group I discussed the NLBI composite draft text, and Working Group II discussed the MYPOW draft text.

Above: Delegates conferred during the working group on the MYPOW.


Thursday, 19 April
Working Group I (NLBI)

Working Group I addressed matters in the NLBI composite draft text including national measures, international trade in forest products, and the facilitative process for national implementation.

Kathryn Youel Page, US, opposed reference to "a mutually supportive relationship between trade and environment."

Jitendra Vir Sharma, India suggested promoting "good business practices" for private-public partnerships, rather than "criteria and indicators."

Juan Felipe Rengifo, Colombia, requested deleting reference to forest owners and the private sector developing certification schemes.

On facilitating legal trade, Mara Angélica Murillo Correa, Mexico, suggested that measures applicable to trade should not compromise SFM.

Bashir Ahmed Wani, Pakistan, urged cooperation on valuation of forest products and services.

Norway suggested specifying that national efforts be based on priorities in national development plans.

Ecuador called for information and communication technologies to be used to achieve the global objectives.

Bangladesh noted the unique needs of low-lying delta countries.

Chile recommended reverting to agreed language on addressing illegal forest-related practices and associated trade.
Working Group II (MYPOW)

Delegates in Working Group II addressed the structure of future sessions, themes, and potential cross-cutting issues using a suggested matrix outlining the 2007-2015 proposed work programme.

Abdellah Benmellouk, Morocco, for the African Group, said main themes should be based on Global Objectives, the NLBI, and the IPF/IFF Proposals for Action.

Cinthia Soto, Costa Rica, supported inclusion of reference to the Millenium Development Goals.

Gustavo Ainchil, Argentina, suggested a separate matrix section for Global Objectives and NLBI implementation and review.

Australia proposed that nature-based tourism be removed from UNFF10.

Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland, cautioned against a "shopping list" of themes and called for focusing on select key areas.

Modesto Fernández, Cuba, said means of implementation should be a central theme during UNFF8, where proposals could be analyzed in depth.
Around the Forum

The World Bank Program on Forests (PROFOR) held a lunchtime side event to provide information on its forthcoming Forests Sourcebook.

Related Links

United Nations Forum on Forests
UNFF 7
UNFF-7 Provisional Agenda

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