UNFF11 – Day 2

UNFF11 – Day 2

UN Headquarters, New York
May 5, 2015

The second day of the eleventh session of the United Nation Forum on Forests started with two separate Working Groups:

Working Group 1 on developing the draft Ministerial Declaration (Item 8) and is co-chaired by Bureau members Mr. Wu Zhimin (China) and Mr. Srećko Juričić (Croatia).

Working Group 2 on the draft resolution on the IAF beyond 2015 (items 3, 4, 4, 6, 7 and 9) and will be co-chaired by the Bureau members Mr. Vicente Bezerra (Brazil) and Mr. Heikki Granholm (Finland).

Major Groups representatives strategically divided themselves over the two Working Groups to stay posted on the discussions and suggestions made by Member States.

The side events on this second day were organised by:

  • Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) – CPF’s role in the International Arrangement on Forests
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – Addressing the needs of Low Forest Cover Countries

Item 7: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD) on the agenda took place in the afternoon from 3:00-6:00pm. The MSD gives Major Groups, Member States and CPF members the opportunity to have an interactive dialogue.

The dialogue started with an introduction of the Secretariat’s note on the MSD by UNFF Director Sobral. The dialogue was handed over to the moderator of the session Mr. Lambert Okrah.

Joe Cobbinah introduced the topic for the MSD and 3 presentation were made by representatives of the Major Groups:

  • Cecile Ndjebet (Women) – The new United Nations body for sustainable forest management (SFM)
  • Olivia Sanchez (Youth & Children) – Major Groups engagement with new UN forest body
  • Peter DeMarsh (Farmers and Small Forest Landowners) – Global Financial mechanism for forests

To ensure active participation of the Member States in the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Major Groups Focal Point set up a process of questions for UNFF11 and the moderator encouraged member states and regional groups to respond. The good turnout of Member States attending the MSD is perceived as a sign to Major Groups that the overall acceptance for stakeholders to participate in UNFF is growing.