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Call for information on progress made on the Implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on all type of Forests (NLBI) and Achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to invite you to share most recent national information on implementing the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests (NLBI) and the progress being made towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests, in advance of the eighth session of the UNFF to be held in New York from 20 April to 1 May 2009.

Your input will be of immense value in the preparation of the Secretary General’s Report on “Achieving the four Global Objectives on Forests and Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests” as called for in ECOSOC Decision 2007/277, and help facilitate an informed discussion during the eighth session. This is an excellent opportunity to communicate progress in implementing the Instrument, and to identify where further work is required.

As you are aware, the NLBI addresses a broad range of issues related to sustainable forest management (SFM) and provides a robust and strong foundation for future international forest policy initiatives. To meet its purpose and achieve progress, the NLBI included 25 national policies and measures, and 19 action items related to international cooperation and means of implementation. Since reporting on such a large number of items could be unwieldy, for the present purpose, they have been clustered under thirteen broad categories, which I am offering for your consideration as part of the attachment.

The four Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs) constitute an integral part of the Instrument. We would like to seek non-quantitative information relating to the GOFs, such as description of any national measures, policies, and actions taken, keeping in mind that evaluation of progress towards their achievement will be conducted at the ninth and eleventh sessions of UNFF in 2011 and 2015, through the process established in Resolution 7/1. For this reason, we are not seeking any quantitative data at this stage. However, if you have relevant quantitative data, you are encouraged to include that as well.

To facilitate the submission of information, the Secretariat has prepared a suggested format based on the above discussion. Please find attached this format for your reference. Due to this being the first account of progress since the adoption of the NLBI, the suggested format is of an introductory nature. However, it is framed in accordance with the main monitoring, assessment and reporting tasks agreed upon in the MYPOW of the Forum.

Several provisions of the NLBI and elements of the Global Objectives are related to one or the other of the overall themes of UNFF 8: Forests in a Changing Environment. For this reason, your contribution will also be valuable in supporting the preparation of three additional reports of the Secretary General on Forests and Climate Change; Reversing the Loss of Forest Cover, Preventing Forest Degradation in All Types of Forests and Combating Desertification, including Low Forest Cover Countries; and Forests and Biodiversity Conservation, including Protected Areas. To facilitate the preparation, in particular of the last mentioned report, we attach a special set of questions, which is included in Annex 1 of the attachment.

In the spirit of UNFF Resolution 1/2 you are encouraged to involve relevant government agencies and major groups in the preparation of this response.

The length of the submissions will obviously vary between countries but we encourage you to be as concise as possible, with a view to not exceeding 25 pages. In light of time constraints and financial limitations, you are kindly requested to provide the report in English, Spanish or French. We would be most grateful for receiving your input in electronic form (preferably in MS Word format) by e-mail (unff@un.org) or fax (1- 917-367-3186) by 30 September 2008. To make the reports accessible they will be posted on the UNFF website: http://www.un.org/esa/forests

If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us. The Secretariat is very grateful for your efforts and looks forward to receiving your response.

Yours sincerely:
Peter Csoka

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat
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