Activities, Ad-Hoc Expert Groups
On the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF)
Second meeting of the Ad
hoc Expert Group (AHEG2), 12-16 Jan 2015, UNHQ, NY
Background and Mandate
At its tenth session, held on 8-19 April 2013, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) adopted a resolution establishing an open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group (AHEG) as a part of the intersessional preparatory activities for the review of the international arrangement on forests (IAF) at the eleventh session of the Forum in May 2015. [Document E/2013/42-E/CN.18/2013/18]
The AHEG is tasked to review the performance and effectiveness of the IAF within the context of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolutions 2000/35 and 2006/49, as well as the attainment of the multi-year programme of work. To this end, AHEG will review the inputs provided by various stakeholders, as well as the outcome of the work of the independent assessment of the IAF, and based on this review will put forth a set of recommendations providing a strategic direction on the function and institutional arrangements of the IAF for the period beyond 2015 to UNFF11.
Pursuant to paragraph 8 of Resolution 10/2 and paragraph (c) of its annex, the AHEG will hold no more than two meetings prior to UNFF11, subject to the availability of extra-budgetary resources.
Input to AHEG2: Views and Proposals on the IAF
The UNFF11 Bureau, at its fourth meeting on 1 July 2014, decided to solicit a second round of voluntary inputs from Member States and relevant stakeholders on the future of the IAF. Member States and other stakeholders are invited to provide their written input in any format that they deem suitable. The compilation of these views will be presented to the AHEG2. The deadline to send these inputs is 5 December 2014.
Nomination of Government–designated experts to AHEG2
In preparation for AHEG2, all Member States of the Forum are requested to officially nominate their Government-designated expert to AHEG2.
Travel Support for Experts from Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition
Limited funds are available for support of travel of experts from eligible countries to AHEG2. Travel support will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, and as long as funds are available, to one Government-designated expert from developing countries, with priority to the least-developed countries, as well as from countries with economies in transition.
All travel support requests should be made by national authorities through their Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York before the deadline of 30 September 2014.