The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests will get underway this morning at 10:00 am. After the Co-Chairs open the session, delegates will adopt the agenda (E.CN.17/IPF/1997/1) and address other organizational matters. Some issues that may arise include the programme of work, the use of two working groups, the use of the Co-Chairs report (E.CN.17/IPF/1997/3) as the basis for negotiation, and the need to draft recommendations to be presented to the CSD. There will then be an opportunity for a general debate. Several ministers are expected to speak at this time. In the afternoon, a plenary debate is expected on Programme Element V.I: International Organizations and Multilateral Institutions and Instruments (E.CN.17/IPF/1997/5).