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Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests2)

3-7 September 2012 | Bonn, Germany

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View of the Rhine river in Bonn.
The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests2) will convene from 3-7 September 2012 in Bonn, Germany.

INC-Forests was launched by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (“FOREST EUROPE”) held from 14-16 June 2011 in Oslo, Norway. FOREST EUROPE is a high-level political initiative founded in 1990 that works towards the protection and sustainable management of forests throughout the European region. Forty-six European countries and the European Union (EU), in cooperation with a range of international organizations, participate in FOREST EUROPE.

The FOREST EUROPE conference mandated INC-Forests to negotiate a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe with a completion deadline of 30 June 2013. The first session of INC-Forests was held from 27 February - 2 March in Vienna, Austria, and focused on providing guidance for the Committee Bureau to elaborate the initial negotiating text of the Agreement.

INC-Forests2 will hold a first reading of the negotiating text drafted by the Bureau, decide on the Agreement's structure, and if time allows, commence detailed consideration of Agreement content. INC-Forests2 is also expected to decide on the rest of the negotiating process, including a third session slated tentatively for 28 January - 1 February 2013 and a fourth session tentatively slated for May-June 2013, as well as any inter-sessional work.
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Meeting resources
*Meeting website and documents
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Organization of work
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests website

Other resources
*FOREST EUROPE
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*SIDS Policy and 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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