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Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9)

24 January - 4 February 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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Highlights for Friday, 28 January 2011
UNFF9
On Friday, 28 January, delegates reconvened for the ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9) following the suspension of negotiations on Thursday, 27 January, due to the snow storm that made landfall in New York. In the morning, delegates convened in a joint session of the working groups to discuss the Ministerial Declaration. Delegates heard inputs from Major Groups, countries and international organizations on the content and format of the Ministerial Declaration, with the proposals being forwarded to the Secretariat to allow further deliberation.

Working Groups I and II met in the morning and afternoon. In the morning, Working Group I (WGI) discussed UNFF´s recommendations regarding the International Year of Forests 2011 (IYF 2011) and heard from countries and Major Groups on planned activities to commemorate the IYF 2011. In the afternoon, the group considered the Secretary-General’s recommendations to the high-level segment, which will take place on 2-3 February 2011.

Working Group II addressed the two issues remaining under its agenda, namely: enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination, including the provision of further guidance to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests; and means of implementation. Delegates discussed recommendations to enhance cooperation and coordination with, inter alia, other MEA Secretariats and organizations, as well as to draft guidelines for country-led, organization-led, region-led and major group-led initiatives in support of the UNFF. Afterwards, discussions turned to means of implementation, with delegates providing proposals focused on, among other things: SFM finance, financial mechanisms, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on Forest Financing, and the activities and work to be undertaken during the intersessional period.

Delegates then convened in plenary to  recap the week’s work.
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Fiji called for further support to SIDS on SFM.
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Algeria, for the African Group, stressed the inclusion of technology transfer and capacity building in the Ministerial Declaration.
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On regional and subregional inputs, Kenya, for the African Group, called for increasing attention and financial resources on dry-forests and trees outside forests.
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Related Links
Meeting resources
*UNFF9 website
*UNFF9 provisional agenda
*UNFF9 official documents
*UNFF9 provisional organization of work
*UNFF9 informational note
*UNFF9 Bureau minutes
*UNFF9 side events
*Key forest related events in 2011

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of UNFF8, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of UNFF7, 16-27 April 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS forests, desertification and land web page
*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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