Co-Chair KRISHNAN suggested that the discussion was not a negotiation, which should be reserved for IPF-4, but that delegates should recommend adjustments to the Co-chairs draft texts.
The EU said the conclusions should reflect: assessment and evaluation of forest goods and services; development and implementation of national plans and programmes considering the full range of forest benefits; domestic and international financial resources; and donor coordination. The G-77/CHINA said each set of conclusions should refer to means of implementation, provision of new and additional resources, and technology transfer. Focus should be on international action and coordination, not prescription of conditions for national policies. Recommendations to countries should be in accordance with national plans and policies. MALAYSIA said postponing negotiation until the final IPF session would overload that meeting. IPF-3 will deal with more contentious substantive issues. The PHILIPPINES said the process delineates parameters for future discussion. The basis of negotiations needs to be clarified.
The Co-chair said a line-by-line debate would produce agreed text but would consume time. He said a discussion could arrive at a text agreeable to all. A progress report would be sent to CSD. CANADA said the drafts should be action-oriented with specific recommendations. IPF-3 should build a critical mass of proposals on actions, consider intersessional outcomes, and then negotiate recommendations.
The US said the Co-chairs texts are parameters of the debate based on discussions. She said negotiation of text could not precede negotiation of concepts. AUSTRALIA said it is too early to negotiate line-by-line. BRAZIL said clarification and enhancement, not negotiation, were necessary to include positions not reflected. Recommendations should be more precise and should be balanced because this will be text subjected to final negotiations. JAPAN said these are not negotiated texts. IRAN said the views are to some extent negotiated text. MALAYSIA said it remains to be seen whether delegates will avoid negotiating. The Co-Chair said the debate would seek an agreed output that would be adopted as the text of the Panel, leaving scope for negotiations later.
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