Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Consideration of Content of the Non-legally Binding Instrument
11-15 December 2006, New York
The ad hoc expert group is intended to provide the content of a non-legally binding instrument for the consideration of the Forum at its seventh session. The work of the ad hoc expert group will take into account the compilation of the draft indicative elements and other proposals submitted by member States during the sixth session of the Forum, as well as proposals submitted after the session and all respective comments. All proposals are now available on the UNFF website and member States are invited to submit comments.
It will be composed of experts designated by Governments of the member States of the Forum. These experts should have well-recognized scientific and technical expertise on the forest regime and the Rio conventions as well as knowledge of the intergovernmental forest policy deliberations of the Forum and IPF, IFF.
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests shall be invited to make scientific and technical contributions to the work of the ad hoc expert group in a resource capacity.
Intergovernmental organizations and representatives of major groups, with relevant expertise, may participate in the meeting, in accordance with the rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council, as well as practices established by the Forum, the Commission on Sustainable Development, IPF and IFF. They may be invited to make scientific and technical contributions.
Travel support and a daily subsistence allowance will be provided to one country expert from each developing country, as well as to one country expert from countries with economies in transition, in the most cost-effective manner, to the maximum extent possible from the budget, supplemented by voluntary extra-budgetary contributions.
Country-led Initiative in Support of the United Nations Forum on Forests "Multi-Year Programme of Work of the United Nations Forum on Forests: Charting the Way Forward 2015"
The Government of Indonesia announced in July its intention to host a country-led initiative in support of the UN Forum on Forests. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to explore, elaborate and develop a broader understanding of the possible concepts and elements to be included in the new multi-year programme of work (MYPOW) of the UN Forum on Forests. Expected outputs of the meeting include recommendations to UNFF-7 regarding the structure and substance of the MYPOW; inter-linkages between the MYPOW and the non-legally binding instrument on Forests; strengthening the regional dimension in the work of the international arrangement on forests through the MYPOW; and possible approaches to accomplishing the global objectives on forests and the new principal functions of the UN Forum on Forests.
The meeting will take place in Bali, Indonesia from 13/14-16 February 2007. Participants will include experts from UNFF member States, relevant inter-governmental organizations and representatives of major groups. For more information, please contact Mr. Tri Tharyat, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations.
POSTPONED - Seminar on Science, Policy and Practice: Improving Forest Governance
The seminar on science, policy and practices: improving forest governance to be held in October at UN headquarters has been postponed due to resource constraints. It is anticipated that the seminar will take place early next year. The seminar is expected to contribute to the Secretariat's efforts to define its approach, scope and strategy at the international level for promoting implementation of internationally agreed decisions on forests and governance.
Thanks to all who have expressed interest in this event. Please continue to send ideas, comments and expressions of interest to Ghazal Badiozamani.
Next On-line Discussion Board: "Ownership and Sustainable Forest Management"
The next UNFF on-line discussion board will be open from 6-13 October and will focus on the link between “Ownership and Sustainable Forest Management”.
The discussion boards will also be used from October to December by the Major Groups to gather and assess input to the discussion papers to be presented at the seventh session of the UNFF. Please stay tuned for more details.
UNFF Calendar of Events
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