- How can I, as representative of my organization, attend UNFF Sessions?
- How can I participate in the international forest policy process and the UNFF?
- What is a national forest programme?
- Where can I find UNFF Session Documents, such as the latest UNFF Report?
- How can I receive travel support to attend UNFF Sessions?
How can my I, as representative of my organization, attend
organizations accredited with the Economic and Social Committee
(ECOSOC) of the UN or with the Commission on Sustainable
Development (CSD) are officially invited to UNFF sessions.
Please verify if your organization is ECOSOC accredited
at the ECOSOC
NGO website under "NGO Search" in the upper
right corner. To check if your organzation is accredited
with CSD, please review the CSD
Roster. If your NGO is accredited with ECOSOC or CSD,
then simply follow normal UNFF
registration procedures. NGOs and representatives of
other major groups can attend UNFF sessions under their
own banner only if they are ECOSOC accredited.
NGO is not accredited to ECOSOC or CSD, there are
several options for attending UNFF Sessions:
ECOSOC accredited. This is the preferred manner of
attending UNFF Sessions as it allows you to speak under
the banner of your own organization. Refer to the ECOSOC
NGO website under "How to Obtain Status" to
accredit your NGO with ECOSOC. Please note, however, that
this process has been known to take between one and three
years. If you do plan to undertake the accreditation process,
please do copy the UNFF Secretariat at email email@example.com
and / or fax 917-367-3186 as we may be able to facilitate
your accreditation application.
part of your official national delegation. Explore
with your UNFF National Focal
Point or the relevant UN
Permanent Mission the possibilities of becoming part
of your country's official delegation appointed to attend
the UNFF Session.
part of the official delegation of an ECOSOC accredited
NGO. In order to facilitate the identification of relevant
ECOSOC accredited NGOs, please consult ECOSOC
NGO Website under "NGO Search" in the upper
right corner, you can search for organizations that may
be relevant to your issues that may be willing to appoint
your organization as part of their delegation to UNFF.
feel free to contact your UNFF
major group focal point for further information on participating
during UNFF Sessions as well as inter-sessionally. The UNFF
major group focal points are a rich source of information
for civil society members to engage in the UNFF process.
How can I participate in the international forest policy
process and the UNFF?
are not a government representative (such as a NGO, individual
or academic insitution) and you wish to participate in UNFF
Sessions, please consult our Guidelines for Major Groups
participation in UNFF Sessions.
your national focal point to explore volunteer opportunities
and regionally specific activities.
sources of information (documents, reports, materials)
useful or relevant to the global forests community.
relevant data and information on focused topics, or in
response to other participants' research and activities.
forest related conferences, workshops and events.
materials into local languages (contact the UNFF Secretariat for more information).
seek to share valuable information from the forest communities
you are in contact with, but who do not have Internet
a local range-based, forest community group, or other
alliance, partnership, or a joint research activity at
local, regional, or global levels.
your local government official and let them know about
the information resources available on the forest agenda.
an article on a forest case study, story or experience
to the "UNFF News."
local, national and regional workshops and task forces
around relevant forest issues.
local or national lawmakers via these workshops, briefings
and media coverage.
directly to the review and implementation of UNCED document
Agenda 21, Chapter 11 "Combating Deforestation".
list adapted from "How to participate in the Mountain
What is a national forest programme?
Forestry Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations defines a national forest programme
as a term that designates the wide range of approaches to
the process of planning, programming and implementation
of forest activities in a country to be applied at national
and sub-national levels, based on a common set of guiding
principles. The purpose of the national forest programmes
is to establish a workable social and political framework
for the conservation, management and sustainable development
of all types of forests, which in turn will increase the
effectiveness and efficiency of public and private operational
and funding commitments. National forest programmes require
a broad inter-sectoral approach at all stages, including
the formulation of policies, strategies and courses of action,
as well as their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Where can I find UNFF Session Documents, such as the latest
Session documents can be found right here on the UNFF website.
Other important documents, related to international forest
policy can also be found on the introductory
How can I receive travel support to attend UNFF Sessions?
support is provided to representatives on government delegations
only. If you are a government representative, please refer
to our travel support note
for the current session. If you are not a government representative,
please refer to our FAQ answer to this