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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011

14-16 June 2011 | Oslo, Norway
 
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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial ConferenceWednesday, 15 June 2011

On the second day of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, delegates heard statements from signatory countries, intergovernmental organizations and observer countries. Signatory states then adopted the Oslo Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, and the Oslo Ministerial Decision: European Forests 2020, which outlines a vision, goals, targets and actions for European forests. A signing ceremony was then held, during which Ministers and Heads of Delegation of the Signatory States signed the newly-adopted documents.

Co-Chair Lars Peder Brekk, Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, invited Turkey to replace Poland on the General Coordinating Committee, which has the task of facilitating and coordinating the work of FOREST EUROPE. Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of the State, Ministry of the Environment, Poland, expressed gratitude to the countries for their cooperation during all activities. Mustafa Kurtulmuslu, Director General of Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey, accepted the invitation on behalf of his country.

Co-Chair Brekk then passed the chairmanship of FOREST EUROPE to Spain. He lauded the successful achievements of the Ministerial Conference, saying it has contributed significantly to forest sustainability, and left participants with three messages, to: enter negotiations with an open mind; focus on the future and future role of forests; and not forget about the need for increased international cooperation.

Co-Chair Brekk gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:16pm.

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Co-Chair Brekk gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:16pm.

     
 
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Endre Kardevan, State Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary
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Keit Pentus, Minister of the Environment, Estonia
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Marco Schank, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg
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Reception at the Oslo City Hall hosted by the governments of Norway and Spain.
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Forest Europe banners around downtown Oslo.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Forest Europe Ministerial Conference opened today at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Oslo, Norway. In attendance were ministers responsible for forests and high-level representatives of European countries and the European Community, as well as representatives of observer countries and organizations.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened the conference and welcomed participants to Norway. He noted the role forests play in society, economy, biodiversity, and climate change and stressed cooperation and good governance for sustainable forest management (SFM). Dag Terje Andersen, President of the Norwegian Parliament, called for investments in forests as a renewable resource.

Delegates heard keynote addresses from Victor Nikolayevich Maslyakov, Head of Federal Forestry Agency, Russian Federation, and Silva Rodriguez, Director-General, European Commission, who discussed continuing forest-related challenges in the Russian Federation and Europe, respectively.

After the opening ceremonies, delegates participated in a thematic session entitled "Europe's forests – challenges and opportunities.” Christopher Prins, international forest expert, presented the report “State of Europe’s Forests 2011,” highlighting progress made and remaining challenges in implementing SFM in Europe. Delegates then participated in a panel debate on European forests in a global perspective, where they heard statements from representatives of Major Groups and other panelists. Much of the discussion focused on forests for bioenergy and the role of forests in the green economy.

In the afternoon, delegates heard statements from signatory countries during a Ministerial Roundtable. Ministers expressed their support for the Oslo Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, as well as the Oslo Ministerial Declaration: European Forests 2020, which describes a vision, goals and targets for European forests.


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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway gave his opening address and officially opened the meeting.
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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
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Co-Chair Lars Peder Brekk, Minister of Agriculture and Food of Norway
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Co-Chair Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Minister of
Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs
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Dag Terje Andersen, President of
the Norwegian Parliament
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FOREST EUROPE 2011 SNAPSHOTS:
 
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Lone protester calling to preserve the forests around Oslo.
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Jag Maini, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto
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L-R: Paola Deda and Roman Michalak, UNECE
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Jan McAlpine, UNFF, with the Turkish delegation.
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L-R: Ismail Belen and Sibel Silici, Turkey, at the Forest Europe's Turkish booth.
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Related Links
Conference resources
*Official website
*Conference programme
*Conference documents
*FOREST EUROPE website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests, 24 January - 4 February 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE 5), 5-7 November 2007, Warsaw, Poland
*IISD RS summary of MCPFE 4, 28-30 April 2003, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF - TEXT)
*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 & 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
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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