Activities, Ad-Hoc Expert Groups
On the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF)
hoc Expert Group Meeting, 24-28 February 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
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.
The UNFF11 Bureau during its recent meeting in Vienna, Austria decided to hold the first AHEG on IAF from 24 to 28 February 2014 in the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The Bureau also agreed that second meeting of AHEG will be held in New York towards the end of 2014 or early 2015.
Information about the first meeting of AHEG including travel arrangement for eligible countries has already been sent to countries through a Note Verbale to their Permanent Missions in New York (see link below), as well as to their respective UNFF National Focal Points.
All Member States of the Forum are being invited to nominate their government designated experts to this meeting by 10 December 2013.