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

7-11 May 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Friday, 11 May 2018

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Outgoing UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho poses with UNFF13 Chair Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob (Malaysia) and UNFF Secretary Moncef Khane

The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) convened for its final day on Friday, 11 May 2018. Delegates considered the Chair's draft summary, which will be conveyed to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and encompasses UNFF13's input on Sustainable Development Goal 15 (life on land) and other forest-related SDGs. Delegates also reviewed a draft omnibus resolution on:

• Implementation of the UN Strategic Plan on Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF);
• Monitoring, assessment and reporting (MAR);
• Means of implementation (MOI);
• UN system-wide contribution to the implementation of the UNSPF;
• Contribution of the Forum to the HLPF review in 2018;
• Preparations of for the HLPF review in 2019; and
• Information on UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) reform pertaining to UNFF.

Annexed to the resolution was the revised communications and outreach strategy, and the revised guidelines for operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) of the UNFF.

Informal consultations were held through the lunch break, after which a revised draft resolution was presented and approved with a minor amendment.

Delegates then addressed the remaining agenda items, including on emerging issues and challenges and the dates and venue for UNFF14. Following the adoption of the report of the session, and closing remarks, UNFF13 was closed at 4:53 pm.

Immediately following UNFF13, UNFF14 was opened with the sole purpose of electing the new UNFF Bureau. UNFF14 was suspended at 4:59 pm.

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Morning Session


Jorge Mario Rodríguez-Zúñiga, Costa Rica

Luca Arnold, EU

Michael Osakuade, Nigeria, for Africa Group

Victoire Ongmanong, Cameroon

Noyal Thomas, India

Dorji Rabten, Bhutan

Mohamed Ali Elhadi Ali, Sudan

Areg Gharabegian, Armenia



Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, UNFF13 Chair; and Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

Delegates during Informal Consultations






Clossing Session

L-R: Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director; Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, UNFF13 Chair; and Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, UNFF13 Chair

Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director


Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland

Javad Momeni, Iran

Ian Naumkin, Russian Federation

UNFF13 Vice-Chair Luciana Melchert Saguas Presas

Catherine Karr-Colque, US

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria

Khalid Cherki, Morocco


Around the Venue








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