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Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees

13-18 December 2010 | Yokohama, Japan


Opening session dais.
The Forty-sixth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) opened today in Yokohama, Japan. In the morning, delegates listened to opening speeches by the ITTO Executive Director, the ITTC-46 Chair, and dignitaries from Japan, Cameroon, Congo, and Gabon. The Council expeditiously addressed organizational matters, including ascertainment of quorum, distribution of votes, and adoption of the meeting's agenda, before discussing the Report of the Informal Advisory Group.

In the afternoon, the Council resumed discussions on: the entry into force of the ITTA, 2006; the ITTO Biennial Work Programme 2010-11 Progress Report; the Annual Review and Assessment of the International Tropical Timber Situation in 2010; the International Year of Forests; enhancing cooperation between ITTO and CITES; and extending the tenure of the Executive Director.

Above: The dais during the opening session.

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13 Dec. - 14 Dec. - 15 Dec. - 16 Dec. - 17 Dec. - 18 Dec.
Opening Council Session
Daniel Birchmeier, ITTC-46 Chair
Daniel Birchmeier, ITTC-46 Chair.
Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO
Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO.
Mayor Fumiko Hayashi
Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama.
Yoshitsugu Minagawa, Forestry Agency of Japan
Yoshitsugu Minagawa, Director General, Forestry Agency of Japan
Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Cameroon
Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon.
Henri Djombo, Congo
Henri Djombo, Minister of Sustainable Development, Forest Economy and Environment, Congo.
Martin Mabala, Gabon.
Martin Mabala, Minister of Water, Forests, Environment and Sustainable Development, Gabon.
Enzo Barattini, EC
Enzo Barattini, European Community.
David Brooks, United States
David Brooks, United States.
Council Session
Steven Johnson, ITTO
Steven Johnson, ITTO.
Milena Sosa Schmidt, CITES
Milena Sosa Schmidt, CITES.
Norini Haron, Malaysia
Norini Haron, Malaysia.
Ignacio Lombardi Indacochea, Peru
Ignacio Lombardi Indacochea, Peru.
Alhassan Atta, Ghana
Alhassan Atta, Ghana.
René Somopawiro, Suriname
René Somopawiro, Suriname.
Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
Atsushi Suginaka, Japan.
Jan Hoogmartens, Belgium
Jan Hoogmartens, Belgium.
Aida Velasco, Mexico
Aida Velasco, Mexico.
Side Event
Lunchtime Side Event

At lunchtime, the Brazilian Forest Service and FAO/Peru presented a side event on Forest Inventories and Forest Concessions in Brazil and Peru.

Swiss Evening Reception

Delegates enjoyed an evening reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland.

Around ITTC
Delegates conferring
Delegates conferring
Delegates conferring
Related Links
ITTO resources
*ITTC-46 website
*ITTC-46 provisional programme of meetings and activities
*ITTC-45 report
*ITTO 2009 Annual Report

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITTC-45 and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of Eighth Session of the UN Forum on Forests, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of ITTC-44 and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 3-8 November 2008, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of ITTC-43 and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS Forests, Desertification and Land web page
*IISD RS Introduction to Forests Processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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