UNFF11 – Day 1

UNFF11 – Day 1

UN Headquarters, New York
May 4, 2015

The eleventh session of the United Nation Forum on Forests started with a plenary opening session. Mr. Srećko Juričić (Croatia), Mr. Heikki Granholm (Finland), Mr. Vicente Bezerra (Brazil) and Mr. Wu Zhimin (China) were elected as officers.

H. E. Noel Nelson Messone, Chair of the UNFF11 Bureau, made a statement on the session and its overall theme of the session: Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the IAF. You can find his full statement here.

The UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson made a statement, reminding the member states that now is the time to gather in order to shape the future of the world’s forests. His full statement can be read here.

UNFFS Director Manoel Sobral Filho introduced the following reports:

  • Review of the effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests
  • Reviewing progress towards the achievement of the GOFs & the implementation of the Forest Instrument
  • Means of Implementation for SFM and FLEG at all levels
  • Enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination and Regional and sub-regional inputs
  • UNFF Trust Fund

The morning session further discussed the following items:

  • CPF Framework
  • AHEG2 report
  • IAF Independent Assessment
  • China CLI, Swiss CLI, MGI Nepal

During the lunch break delegates could visit one of the two side events:

  1. IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO WFSE) – Enhancing forest related development: Community and smallholder forestry in the nexus of markets, policy and implementation
  2. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) – Forests and Sustainable Development Goals through a global resource nexus lens

The afternoon session opened up the floor for groups and member states to make general statements. Statements were made by South Africa (on behalf of G77 and China) | European Union | ASEAN | Switzerland | Indonesia |Japan | Turkey | Iran | Mexico | Norway | Bolivia | Russian Federation | India | Malaysia | Ghana |Gabon | Colombia | China | Peru | United States | Argentina | Philippines | Brazil | FAO | INBAR