AUSTRALIAN INITIATIVE - Title: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CERTIFICATION AND LABELLING OF PRODUCTS FROM SUSTAINABLY MANAGED FORESTS. - Sponsor: Australia - Date and Location of the Meeting of the Initiative: 26-30 May 1996, Sheraton Hotel, Brisbane, Australia - Description of the issue: Certification and labelling of products from sustainably managed forests - Relationship with the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests Programme Elements: The conference will consider issues arising from the first session of the IPF (Programme Element IV), in particular, the issue of voluntary certification and labelling of forest products, so as to contribute to a better understanding of the role of voluntary certification with regard to sustainable management of forests, including the impact of certification on developing countries. - Expected results: * Advance international dialogue on the issue of certification and labelling, focusing on the role that C&L forest products may play in achieving the goals of sustainable forest management. * Provide stakeholders with a constructive forum to discuss C&L initiatives to date and to consider future directions. * Provide a framework for the work of the UN CSD IPF on C&L issues, including Panel-related activities by other countries. - Expected date of Completion of the Report and Language: end August 1996 (in English) - Process in pursuing the Initiative: A Planning Committee has been established to oversee organisation of conference. Relevant domestic and international organisations have been approached for comments on program. - Participants: All UN member countries and selected international and domestic organisations are to be invited. Maximum of 200 participants are expected to attend. - Contact Persons: Mike Drynan Kwame Asumadu State and International State and International Relations Section Relations Section Forests Branch Forests Branch Department of Primary Department of Primary Industries & Energy Industries & Energy GPO Box 858 GPO Box 858 CANBERRA ACT 2601 CANBERRA ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Tel: 61 6 272 4500 Tel: 61 6 272 3476 Fax: 61 6 272 3021 Fax: 61 6 272 3021 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Mark Gray Australian Mission to UN New York, N.Y. Tel: 212 421 6910 Fax: 212 836 4104
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