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52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council
and the Associated Sessions of its Four Committees

7-12 November 2016 | Yokohama, Japan

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Gerhard Dieterle, newly appointed ITTO Executive Director applauds as ITTC-52 Vice-Chair Tabi Agyarko presents a framed gavel to ITTC-52 Chair Jennifer Conje

On Saturday, ITTC-52 concluded its final day of work. In the morning, the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) met to review and approve its report and recommendations to Council. Council then met and decided to appoint by acclamation Gerhard Dieterle as the new Executive Director (ED). In his acceptance speech, ED-elect Dieterle pledged to work to make ITTO stronger and grow again, stressing that it will require the Secretariat and member states to work closely together. The Council also discussed the progress report on the ITTO Fellowship Programme and the 2015 ITTO Annual Report and approved the reports of the committees.

In the afternoon, delegates adopted decisions on: projects, pre-projects and activities; extension of the ITTO Biennial Work Programme 2015-2016; amendments to the ITTO Staff Regulations and Rules; revision of ITTO Financial Rules and Procedures; further measures regarding ITTO's financial impairment; guidelines for addressing ITTO's financial shortfall; terms of reference of the CFA; standards of conduct for the ITTO ED; an Ad Hoc Working Group to consider the rotation in the framework of the selection of the ITTO ED; and the appointment of the ED.

The Council also elected Tabi Agyarko (Ghana) as Chair of ITTC-53. Following concluding remarks, ITTC-52 Chair Conje closed the meeting at 3:20 pm.

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Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA)

L-R: Mad Zaidi Mohd Karli, Vice-Chair of CFA; Rob Busink, Chair of CFA; Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat;
Simon Kawaguchi, ITTO Secretariat; and Maiko Suzuki, ITTO Secretariat


Delegates from Côte d'Ivoire



Stephanie McFadden O'Neill, US


Jill Hanna, EU



Pierre Ndzengue, Cameroon


Carlos Moreno, UNCTAD Legal Adviser


Rob Busink, Chair of CFA, gavelled CFA to a close

Council Session

L-R: Tabi Agyarko, Vice-Chair of ITTC-52; Jennifer Conje, Chair of ITTC-52; and Steven Johnson, Officer-in-Charge, ITTO Secretariat



Kumiko Tanaka, ITTO Secretariat, presented the progress report of the ITTO Fellowship Programme


Ramon Carillo Arellano, ITTO Secretariat, presented the 2015 ITTO Annual Report


Putera Parthama, Indonesia


Delegates welcomed the decision to appoint Gerhard Dieterle as the new Executive Director of ITTO by acclamation


Gerhard Dieterle, newly appointed Executive Director of ITTO


L-R: Gerhard Dieterle, newly appointed Executive Director of ITTO; Tabi Agyarko, Vice-Chair of ITTC-52;
Jennifer Conje, Chair of ITTC-52; and Steven Johnson, Officer-in-Charge, ITTO Secretariat



Freezailah Che Yeom, Malaysia


Catherine Karr-Colque, US


Sarquis Buiainain Sarquis, Brazil



Afsa Kemitale-Rothschild, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)


Chen Hin Keong, Traffic International


Milena Sosa-Schmidt, CITES


Tabi Agyarko, Vice-Chair of ITTC-52, and incoming Chair of ITTC-53


Delegates thanking Steven Johnson for his service as Officer-in-Charge to the ITTO



Jennifer Conje, Chair of ITTC-52


Steven Johnson, Officer-in-Charge, ITTO Secretariat


Jennifer Conje, Chair of ITTC-52, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:20 pm









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