Activities, Ad Hoc Expert Groups
Consideration with a view to Recommending the Parameters
of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on all Types
hoc expert group on consideration with a view to recommending
theparameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework
on all types of forests
and work programme
Composition and participation
Duration of work
Proposals and recommendations for consideration
by the Forum
numbers correspond to paragraph numbers of the official
UNFF decision on Ad Hoc Expert Groups.
Scope and work programme
31. The ad hoc expert group shall provide scientific and
technical advice to the Forum for its work on consideration
with a view to recommending the parameters of a mandate
for developing a legal framework on all types of forests.
The work of the ad hoc expert group should be undertaken
within the context of Economic and Social Council resolution
2000/35 and resolutions adopted by the Forum at its sessions,
in particular those referring to the creation and scope
of the ad hoc expert groups.
32. The reports of the ad hoc expert groups on approaches
and mechanisms for monitoring, assessment and reporting
and on finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies
will serve as inputs to the work of this ad hoc expert group.
33. The ad hoc expert group will undertake
the following specific tasks on consideration with a view
to recommending the parameters of a mandate for developing
a legal framework on all types of forests:
(a) Assess existing regional and international
binding and non-binding instruments and processes relevant
to forests; the assessment should include, inter alia, analysis
of complementarities, gaps and duplications, and should
take into account Forum resolution 2/3 on the specific criteria
for the review of the effectiveness of the international
arrangement on forests;
(b) Consider reports prepared by countries,
as referred to in the decision to which this annex is attached,
the Collaborative Partnership on Forests members and the
Forum secretariat, and outcomes of Forum sessions;
(c) Consider other outcomes of the
international arrangement on forests, inter alia countries’
efforts to implement the IPF/IFF proposals for action, other
expert groups, Forum country- and organization-led initiatives
and previous relevant initiatives, and forest-related work
undertaken by the members of the Collaborative Partnership
(d) Review the relevant experiences
of existing forest-related and other relevant organizations
and agreements, including multilateral environmental agreements
and regional conventions and processes, focusing on complementarities,
gaps and duplications;
(e) Provide for the consideration of
the Forum at its fifth session, a balanced range of options
with respect to “consideration with a view to recommending
the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework
on all types of forests”.
Composition and participation
34. The ad hoc expert group shall be composed of experts,
in accordance with the decision, to which this annex is
attached, of the member States of the Forum.
35. The experts shall have well-recognized scientific and
technical expertise on the forest regime and the Rio conventions
and knowledge of the intergovernmental forest policy deliberations
of IPF, IFF and the Forum.
36. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests shall be invited
to make scientific and technical contributions to the work
of the ad hoc expert group to support the work of the ad
hoc expert group in a resource capacity.
37. Intergovernmental organizations and representatives
of major groups, with relevant expertise, may participate
in the meeting, in accordance with the rules of procedure
of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social
Council, as well as practices established by the Commission
on Sustainable Development, IPF and IFF. They may be invited
to make scientific and technical contributions.
38. Travel support and a daily subsistence allowance at
the established United Nations rates will be provided to
one expert from each developing country, as well as to one
country expert from countries with economies in transition,
to the maximum extent from the budget, supplemented by voluntary
39. Two co-chairpersons of the ad hoc expert group shall
be elected from among experts at its meeting, one from a
developing country and one from a developed country.
Duration of work
40. The ad hoc expert group shall initiate its work immediately
after the fourth session of the Forum and complete its work
at least three months in advance of the fifth session of
41. The ad hoc expert group will hold one meeting for up
to five days. It will also use electronic means of communication
to the greatest extent possible. The ad hoc expert group
meeting will be organized at a United Nations venue where
meeting facilities are available, preferably in New York,
taking into account cost-effectiveness.
and recommendations for consideration by the Forum
42. The proposals and recommendations of the ad hoc expert
group should be provided by consensus. In the absence of
consensus, the reports of the ad hoc expert group shall
fully reflect the diversity of views expressed.
43. The ad hoc expert group shall adopt a report at its
meeting, for submission to the Forum at its fifth session.
The report shall specify major outcomes of the ad hoc expert
group’s work, including proposals and recommendations
for further consideration by the Forum.
44. The Forum secretariat shall serve as the secretariat
for the ad hoc expert group, supported by the Collaborative
Partnership on Forests.