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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011

14-16 June 2011 | Oslo, Norway
 
Highlights for Wednesday, 15 June 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference 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.

FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference
 
PLENARY:
 
SESSION III: Ministerial Roundtable
 
   

L-R: Dais during the morning plenary with Jose Jimenez, Spain; Co-Chair Lars Peder Brekk, Minister of Agriculture and Food of Norway; Arne-Ivar Sletnes, Forest Europe; and Knut Oistad, Norway.

     
 
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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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Jose Jimenez, Director-General, Ministry of the Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs of Spain
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Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of the Environment of Poland
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Stephen Lowe, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
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Tanja Strnisa, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia
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Eskil Erlandsson, Minister for Rural Affairs of Sweden

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Biimyrza Toktoraliev, State Agency of Environmental Protection, Kyrgyzstan
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Jan McAlpine, Director, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
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Mustafa Kurtulmuslu, Director-General of Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey.
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Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
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Takeshi Goto, Forestry Agency, Japan, speaking on behalf of the Montreal Process
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Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Eladio Fernández-Galiano, Council of Europe
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Yaroslav Makarchuk, First Deputy Head, State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine
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Gerhard Breulmann, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
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Marco Onida, Secretary General, Alpine Convention
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SESSION IV: Statements by the Forest Europe observer countries
 
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Abdeladmin Lhafi, Minister, High Commission on Water and Forests and Combating Desertification, Morocco
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Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon
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Mike Allen Hammah, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana
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PRESENTATION AND SIGNING OF CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS:
 
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Secretariat staff wearing conference shirts with the Forest Europe slogan "growing life."
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Co-Chair Brekk signing the conference document for Norway.
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L-R: Ingwald Gschwandtl, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, and Water Management, Austria; and Fatmir Mediu, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, Albania
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CLOSING PLENARY:
 
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Co-Chair Brekk called the Forest Europe Secretariat staff on the podium and thanked them for their hard work.
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Co-Chair Brekk gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:16pm.
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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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1 Sign up for ENB 1
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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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