National reporting

With the adoption of the UN Forest Instrument, formally known as the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly reinforced the global commitment to sustainable forest management (SFM) as the overarching principle for forest policy at both the national and international levels, and outlined future priorities in the form of the four Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs).

National Reports submitted to UNFF

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations organized five regional capacity building workshops in Asia-Pacific, East & Southern Africa, West & Central Africa, North Africa, Mediterranean and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The two main objectives of the workshops are:

  • To strengthen and support the capacity of UNFF focal points and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries in reporting to the UNFF on the progress made in the implementation of the forest instrument; and
  • To streamline and simplify the reporting format facilitating voluntary national reporting to UNFF10 on the implementation of the forest instrument and a balanced reporting on its four GOFs.

National reporting Workshops

The workshops focus on enhancing participants’ understanding of the importance of forest instrument and the significance of its implementation at country level. They also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the proposed monitoring architecture and provide the UNFF Secretariat with feedback on the draft template for reporting progress in implementation of the forest instrument and achievement of the global objectives on forests while making utmost effort to streamline the reporting format.


Workshop date Workshop location Workshop report
10-12 October 2011 Bangkok, Thailand Workshop Report
13-15 Dec 2011 Nairobi, Kenya Workshop Report
6-8 Feb 2012 Accra, Ghana Workshop Report
11-13 Apr 2012 Beirut, Lebanon Workshop Report
18-20 Apr 2012 Santiago, Chile Workshop Report

Analytical Paper

The purpose of the Background Analytical Paper ‘Strengthening national reporting in support of the implementation of the forest instrument’ is to provide an analysis of reporting trends to the Forum, taking into account challenges, obstacles, gaps identified and lessons learned. From this analysis workshop participants learn to identify elements for a draft reporting format for the tenth and eleventh sessions of the Forum. In close collaboration with FAO, this Background Analytical Paper has been presented for the consideration of experts from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in each of the five mini-regional workshops.


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The Analytical Background Paper ‘Strengthening national reporting in support of the implementation of the forest instrument’ is available in all 6 official UN languages.

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Capacity Development Module

The Capacity Development Module aims at facilitating the implementation and monitoring of the UN Forest Instrument at national level for the achievement of sustainable forest management. It should help the stakeholders to better understand the Instrument and how to integrate its implementation and monitoring into national forest programmes in particular and national development programmes in general.

Capacity Development Module
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The Capacity Development Module is based on the experience from the four pilot countries (Ghana, Liberia, Nicaragua and the Philippines) that have been implementing pilot projects on the implementation of the Instrument. More specifically the scope of the module covers what the Instrument is, why countries should implement the Instrument, suggested approaches for implementation, how to monitor progress and report on progress to the UNFF and other forestry related initiatives at international regional and national levels.