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13th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13)

7-11 May 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Delegates confer with UNFF13 Vice-Chair Whelan.

The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) resumed on Thursday, 10 May 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates discussed the revised draft communications and outreach strategy for the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), the revised guidelines for operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), and the UNFF Trust Fund.

During lunch two side events were held: one hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on "Launch of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Public Production National Forests in the Tropics through Forest Concessions in the Context of Agenda 2030"; and the other hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on "Implementing the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Joint Initiative on FLR in Support of the Global Forest Goals and the UNSPF."

During the afternoon, delegates discussed the contributions of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), regional and sub-regional organizations and processes and Major Groups and stakeholders to implementation of the UNSPF. They then examined the initial draft of the omnibus resolution and offered comments and suggested amendments.

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Morning Session

L-R: Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director; UNFF13 Vice-Chair Maureen Whelan; and Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

Dalia Vargas Gutiérrez, Panama

L'udmila Marusaková, Forests Europe

UNFF13 Vice-Chair Luciana Melchert Saguas Presas

Ntahli Matete, Lesotho

Rabah Gfnan Alhardi, Saudi Arabia

Héctor Enrique Jaime, El Salvador

Aysha Ghadiali, US

Ingeria Miller, Bahamas

Syed Mahmod Nasir, Pakistan

Pem Narayan Kandel, Nepal

Mubarak Alrashedi, Saudi Arabia

Billlal Hossain, Bangladesh

Nasser Jaghoub, Palestine, and Ghader Abual Rub, Palestine



Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary, and UNFF13 Vice-Chair Luciana Melchert Saguas Presas

Afternoon Session

The dais during the session

Dampha Almami, African Union Commission

Eva Müller, FAO

Steffen Dehn, International Forestry Students' Association

Cecile Ndjebet, African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests


Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria

Anna Tyler, New Zealand

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