Current forum session

UNFF12

The twelfth session of the UNFF was held from 1-5 May 2017, at UNHQ, New York.

Official Documents

Other UNFF12 related Information

Relevant ECOSOC Resolution

CPF-related Relevant Documents and Input

Documents from Relevant Expert Meetings

  • Expert Meeting on Enhancing Regional and Sub-Regional Involvement in the Work of the International Arrangement on Forests, 26-28 September 2016, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran: Facilitator’s summary
  • Expert Meeting on Strengthening Major Groups and Other Stakeholders’ Engagement in the International Arrangement on Forests, 5-6 October 2016, Ottawa, Canada: Summary of discussions
  • Expert Meeting on reporting to UNFF, 7-10 February 2017, Brasilia, Brazil: Summary report

Background

On 20 January 2017, the Special Session of the UN Forum on Forests adopted the recommendations of the Working Group of the Forum, which featured the first ever UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 and the Quadrinnial Programme of Work of the Forum for 2017-2020.

The UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 provides a global framework for actions at all levels to sustainably manage all types of forests and trees outside forests and halt deforestation and forest degradation.At the heart of the Strategic Plan are six Global Forest Goals and 26 associated targets to be achieved by 2030, which are voluntary and universal. They support the objectives of the International Arrangement on Forests and aim to contribute to progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Paris Agreement adopted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other international forest-related instruments, processes, commitments and goals.

As outlined in the Quadrennial programme of work of the Forum for the period 2017-2020, under the Forum’s new format – odd-year sessions will focus on discussions on implementation, technical advice and exchange of experiences while even-year sessions will focus on policy dialogue, development and decision-making.