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Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF): Forests for People - The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

17-20 November 2009 | Guilin, China

Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UNFF: Forests for People - The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

FAOHighlights from Friday, 20 November

On Friday morning, participants took part in a field trip before they reconvened in a plenary session in the afternoon. In the plenary, Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl presented the draft Co-Chairs' summary report. He said the report summarized the discussions held during the week and contained conclusions and recommendations. He clarified that the summary is not intended to be a negotiated text. Participants commented on the text and made suggestions for its improvement, after which the report was accepted. 
During the closing ceremony, Thomas Stelzer, UN Assistant Secretary General congratulated participants on the outcomes of the meeting and committed that the UN will stand firm in supporting sustainable forest management. Co-Chair Gschwandtl thanked: participants for their active participation; the Chinese government for the hospitality and excellent organization; and the staff of the CLIC Secretariat for their hard work. On behalf of the Chinese organizers, Lu De, Deputy Director General of APFnet, expressed satisfaction with the success of the meeting and thanked the co-organizers and participants for their contribution. The meeting was closed at 3:31 pm.

Plenary V: Final discussion and adoption of the report
Left to right: Matthias Schwoerer, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany, rapporteur for Working Group 1 on policy, legal and institutional frameworks; Marilyn Headley, Forestry Department, Jamaica, rapporteur for Working Group 2 on sustainable production of goods and services; Co-Chair Lu De, Deputy Director General of APFnet; Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl, Director, Forest Policy and Forest Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria; Oppon Sasu, Forestry Commission, Ghana, rapporteur of Working Group 3 on national arrangements to mobilize financing; and Alisher Shukurov, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Uzbekistan, rapporteur for Working Group 4 on capacity building and participatory approaches
Ingwald Gschwandtl, Conference Co-Chair, during the discussions on the Co-Chairs' report
Peter deMarsh, International Family Forest Alliance, comments on the Co-Chairs' summary report
Rene Somopawiro, Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control, Suriname
         
Modesto Fernandez Diaz-Silveira, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba, Malele Mbala Sebastien, Forest Inventories and Management, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Felix Finkbeiner, Plant for the Planet Student Initiative
Michael Watson, The Institute of Cultural Affairs International, and Hubertus Samangun, ICTI-TANIMBAR
 
Heikki Eljas Olavi Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland (center), intervenes during the plenary discussion of the Co-Chairs' summary report
Jean Istephan, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon
     
Maturo Paniani, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa, and Imperial Rosalie Aguinaldo, the Philippines
Omaliss Keo and Chea Sokhon, Forestry Administration, Cambodia
       
Ingwald Gschwandtl presented the Co-Chairs' summary report to participants, who accepted it by acclamation
The dais after acceptance of the report by acclamation
Closing Ceremony

 

 
   
  Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides some closing remarks  

 

         

Ingwald Gschwandtl provides closing remarks and presents gifts from Austria to those assisting with making the conference a success

       
 
 
     
 
 
       
Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl presents Co-Chair Lu De with gifts from Austria
 
       
Lu De, Deputy Director General of APFnet, closed the meeting at 3:31 pm
 
 
 
           
Miscellaneous photos of conference participants
Mahendra Lai Joshi, UN Forum on Forests, Pedro Aurelio Fiorencio Cabral de Andrade, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil, and Stephanie Caswell, Independent International Consultant
 
         
Kezang Yangden, Bhutan, and Georg Rappold, Austria
Participants read over the draft Co-Chairs' summary report
               
Catherine Jane Karr-Colque, Department of State, US, and Pedro Aurelio Fiorencio Cabral de Andrade, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
Participants read over the draft Co-Chairs' summary report
                   
 
 
Participants from Samoa, the Philippines, Senegal and South Africa
Viliame Naupoto, Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Fiji
           
 
Rosalie McConnell, FAO, speaks with Glen Ewers and Laura Russo, IISD Reporting Services
 
             
 
Rosalie McConnell, FAO, speaks with Glen Ewers and Laura Russo, IISD Reporting Services
 
               
 
 
 
                 
 
 
 
                 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
 
           
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