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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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Negotiations Bog Down at UNFF8

On Wednesday, 29 April, delegates to the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8) met throughout the day in two groups: Working Group I discussed forests in a changing environment; and a contact group addressed financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The contact group reconvened in the evening.

Above: WGI Co-Chair Modest Mero, Tanzania, conferred with Peter Csoka, UNFF Secretariat.


Wednesday, 29 April
Working Group I: Forests in a Changing Environment

Working Group I continued negotiations on a draft resolution on forests in a changing environment, enhanced cooperation and regional and subregional processes.

Mariaelena Anzola, Venezuela.

Liu Yuyin, China.

Alan Reid, New Zealand.

Jon Heikki Aas, Norway.

Ethmane Ould Boubacar, Mauritania.

Omaliss Keo, Cambodia.

Rosalie McConnell, FAO.

African Group delegates Baya Bensmail, Algeria, and Suhayfa Zia, South Africa, discussed the text.

EU delegates conferred during the afternoon session.

Chinese delegates conferred during a break.
Contact Group: Financing for SFM

The contact group continued negotiations on the Co-Chairs' text on financing for SFM.

Delegates continued their negotiations in a smaller room in the evening.
Side Event

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized a side event on its cooperation with UNFF.
Around UNFF8

The Williamsburg Bridge is visible in the distance from the UN cafeteria.
Symbolism for Negotiators

L: The architecture of the UN public lobby features curved edges. Is there a straight path between where you are and where you want to be?

R: A sign at First Avenue and 44th Street requires walking and not walking at the same time. Can you move forward while going nowhere?


Uruguay's Daniel San Roman wisely used field glasses to keep track of bracketed text from the back of the room, but agreement on a way forward remained out of sight.

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United Nations Forum on Forests
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UNFF8 Provisional Agenda
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