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Country-Led Initiative in Support of the Multi-Year Programme of Work of the UNFF: Charting the Way Forward to 2015
Bali, Indonesia | 13-16 February, 2007

MYPOW CLI Opens in Bali

On Tuesday, 13 February, 2007, over 150 participants representing 74 member countries, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations convened for the first day of the Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Multi-Year Program of Work (MYPOW). In the morning, participants took part in an opening ceremony, discussed three background papers which were presented, and listened to presentations made by Major Groups. In the afternoon, participants met in three working groups, and in the evening, attended a dinner and cultural performance hosted by the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia.


Tuesday, 13 February
Opening Plenary


Mochamed Slamet Hidayat, Director General, Multilateral Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, introduced the morning's speakers.

Boen Purnama, Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia, welcomed participants, and encouraged them to work together for the benefit of forests and people globally.

Matthias Schwoerer, Head of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany, said that the UNFF needed to be strengthened to regain lost credibility.

Pekka Patosaari, head of the UNFF Secretariat, thanked the Government of Indonesia for hosting the CLI meeting and expressed hope that the meeting would clarify technical issues.

Hans Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, Chair of UNFF-7, said that the UNFF stands at a critical juncture and highlighted progress made.

M.S. Kaban, Minister of Forestry, Indonesia, stressd that UNFF should not lose sight of its crucial role in bridging forest policy with development and poverty reduction.

Doris Capistrano, CIFOR, presented a paper titled "Revitalizing the UNFF: Critical Issues and Ways Forward."

Hosny El Lakany, World Bank Program on Forests (PROFOR), presented a World Bank-commissioned paper to assess SFM financing and means of implementation.

Xavier Ndona Makusa, Children and Youth, emphasized the importance of building capacity to educate young people in order to empower their participation in SFM decision making processes.

Bashir Ahmed Wani, Pakistan, stressed the importance of "on the ground" implementation of SFM.

Indonesia, on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), recalled the importance of forests in development, the key role of regional inputs to UNFF and the need to enhance market access for certified products.

Kenya requested that the contribution of UNFF to ECOSOC and CSD be examined.
Working Groups

Participants in Working Group 1 discussed "Themes of UNFF Biennial Meetings."

Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria, Co-chair of Working Group 2 on "Modalities," introduced the discussion and explained the purpose was to discuss the ways to organize the various components of the UNFF process.

Jose Doig, Peru, Co-chair of Working Group 3 (WG3) on the "Regionalism and Sub-regional Dimension," noted that the purpose of the working group was to link ongoing regional work with the UNFF.
Around the CLI

The evening's entertainment included traditional Balinese dance.

Related Links

MYPOW CLI site
MYPOW CLI program
MYPOW CLI Concept paper

Related IISD Coverage of Forest Meetings

UNFF Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting, 11-15 December 2006, New York
Sixth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-6), 13-24 February 2006, New York
CLI in Support of the UNFF: Scoping a Future Agreement on Forests, 16-18 November 2005, Berlin
Fifth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-5), 16-27 May 2005, New York
CLI in Support of the UNFF: Future International Arrangement on Forests, 25-28 January 2005, Guadalajara
UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting (AHEG-PARAM) 7-10 September 2004, New York
Fourth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-4), 3-14 May 2004, Geneva
Third Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-3), 26 May-6 June 2003, Geneva
Second Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-2), 4-15 March 2002, New York
First Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-1), 11-23 June 2001, New York June 2001
UNFF Organizational Meeting and Informal Consultations on the MYPOW, 12-16 February 2001, New York

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