Finance for SFM
Non-legally Binding Instrument
Finance & Environmentally Sustainable Technologies
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Intersessional Activities
To develop proposals for the development of a voluntary global financial mechanism/portfolio approach/forest financing framework

Informal consultations on financing sustainable forest management
12-13 March 2009 (10.00-1.00 and 3.00-6.00 hours)

Location: Malaysia room (Room B-227), Building B, Second floor, FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Termi di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy

Advance Unedited Summary of the Informal Consultations
Programme for the Informal Consultations

Registration: Registration for the meeting (including issuance of badges) will be processed by FAO. For further information on registration procedures for FAO Headquarters, please contact

Interpretation: will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

Background: In November 2008, the UN Forum on Forests convened an open-ended ad hoc expert group to develop proposals for the development of a voluntary global financial mechanism/portfolio approach/global financing framework in Vienna, Austria (see background information below). At this meeting, experts recognized the need for more discussion on the issue. In particular, experts recommended that members States provide written contributions to support further elaboration of the proposals (see below) and also recommended that opportunities be sought to conduct additional meeting(s) on the sidelines of other forest-related events, including the 19th session of the Committee on Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization taking place in Rome from 16 to 20 March 2009. In this regard, a consultation meeting is being held in Rome from 12 to 13 March at the FAO Headquarters, to further the work of the UNFF expert group. Participation by all Member States is welcome to this meeting.

Travel Support: Limited funds are available for to support participation for a maximum of five participants from each of the five UN regional groups, equaling a total of 25 participants. This travel support does not include an air ticket, only a maximum of 4 (four) days of daily subsistence allowances at the established UN rate. All travel support requests should be made by national authorities through their Permanent Missions to the UN in New York. It is expected that the Permanent Missions will communicate the request to the Chair of their respective UN regional group. The Chairs of the UN regional groups were requested to inform the UNFF Secretariat of their decision on which participants from their regional groups are being nominated to receive the travel support by the deadline of 20 February 2009.

Written inputs on proposals for financing sustainable forest management (December 2008 - January 2009)

Synthesis of inputs on financing options for sustainable forest management

Responses on proposals for financing sustainable forest management
Member States: Angola | Azerbaijan | Belarus | Cuba | European Union | Grenada | Guatemala | India | Japan | New Zealand | Niger | Philippines | Republic of Korea | Russian Federation | Suriname | Switzerland | Thailand | United States of America
Major Groups: Indigenous Peoples | Non-Governmental Organisations

Requests for inputs on proposals for financing sustainable forest management
[Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish]

Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting, 10 -14 November 2008, UNOV, Vienna, Austria

Chair's summary report of open-ended ad hoc expert group to Develop Proposals for the Development of a Voluntary Global Financial Mechanism/Portfolio Approach/Forest Financing Framework . E/CN.18/2009/11 Advance Unedited Version

Provisional Agenda and Annotations (E/CN.18/2008/1)
[Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish]

Note by the Secretariat: Financing for sustainable forest management: mobilizing financial resources to support the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests and to promote sustainable forest management (E/CN.18/2008/2)
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