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UNFF Eighth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
United Nations Headquarters, New York | 20 April - 1 May 2009
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Huddles Dominate UNFF8

In the morning of Tuesday, 28 April, delegates to the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8) participated in a Multi-stakeholder Dialogue. Delegates heard statements from Major Groups on forests in a changing environment and on financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), and then engaged in a discussion and sharing of experiences on stakeholder involvement in SFM. Later in the morning, delegates met in Working Groups I and II. In the afternoon, WGI continued, and a contact group on financing for SFM met.

Above: G-77 delegates huddled around Brazil during the contact group on financing SFM.


Tuesday, 28 April
Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

The conference room during the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue. Major Groups are seated in front of the gallery.

Natalie Balafa, Children and Youth, presented a statement on behalf of the Major Groups.

Kanchan Lama, Women.

Sim Heok-Choh, Scientific and Technological Community.

Andrei Laletin, NGOs.

Marcial Arias Garcia, Indigenous People.

Yasemin Öztürk, Children and Youth.

Ignacio Martinez de Arano, Farmers and Small Forest Landowners.

Gustavo Suarez De Freitas, Peru.

Marlo Mendoza, the Philippines.
Working Group I: Forests in a Changing Environment

Working Group I addressed a draft resolution on forests in a changing environment, enhanced cooperation and regional and subregional processes. Delegates negotiated preambular text to the resolution, and began addressing operative paragraphs.

A view of WGI in the afternoon.
Working Group II: Means of Implementation

Working Group II convened briefly in the morning to address forest law enforcement and governance (FLEG), non-financial means of implementation and progress towards SFM.
Contact Group: Financing for SFM

A contact group on financing for SFM, chaired by Tri Tharyat, Indonesia, briefly convened in the afternoon. At the start of the meeting, several developed countries expressed concern regarding the organization of the text and requested an adjournment for consultations. Delegates agreed to adjourn the contact group until the following morning.
Side Events

Nepal's Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation presented a side event on poverty reduction through forest resources management in rural Nepal, and Nepal Nature Conservation Year 2009.

The Central African Forestry Commission (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership presented a side event on lessons learned from regional forest partnerships, cooperation and position building on REDD and climate change issues in the Congo Basin.
Around UNFF8

Flowering trees on the river side of the UN.

Fazlı Çorman, Turkey, reported on interlinkages between the 5th World Water Forum and UNFF8.

Mahendra Joshi, UNFF Secretariat, provided a document to WGII Co-Chair Glen Kile, Australia.

Workmen across the street prepared to throw away an old sink, after learning it wasn't a carbon sink.

New leaves are appearing on the trees.

Colombia's Juan Felipe Rengifo reading el Boletín de Negociaciones de la Tierra.

A few blocks away, activists held a protest about Sri Lanka.

Related Links

United Nations Forum on Forests
UNFF8
UNFF8 Provisional Agenda
Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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