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

7-11 May 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Kai Lintunen and Ingwald Gschwandtl, Forest Communicators Networks, discuss the power of communication for the successful implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests.

The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) resumed on Tuesday, 8 May 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates continued their policy dialogue on the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) and the UNFF's input to the 2018 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The session featured a panel discussion on contribution of forests to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Panelists addressed the linkages between forests, sustainable production of forest products, water, climate and energy.

During lunch three side events were held: one hosted by FOREST EUROPE addressing “Forests and Sustainable Cities in Europe: Contribution of Forests and Sustainable Forest Management to Sustainable Living and Well-being in European Cities,” a second hosted by the Government of Indonesia on “Achieving SDG 15: Timber Legal Assurance System and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Implementation for Sustainable Forest Management,” and the third, hosted by the UNFF Secretariat, addressed “The Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network: 3 Years of Experience.”

In the afternoon, delegates began discussing the UNSPF Communications and Outreach Strategy, with a UNFF Secretariat presentation on the strategy and a panel discussion on “Power of communication for the successful implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests."

For details on the day’s discussions and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily digital coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from UNFF13.

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Panel Discussion on Contribution of Forests to the Achievement
of the SDGs and Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

Meine van Noordwijk, Chair, Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Science and Policy

Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Forest Economy, Congo


Michael Jenkins, President and CEO, Forest Trends, US

David Ellison, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Hiroto Mitsugi, Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)

David Ganz, Executive Director, Center for People and Forests, Thailand


Belfie Luaba Mutaba, Congo

Nasser Jaghoub, Palestine

Jorge Fernandez, Mexico

Argyro Zerva, EU

Jitendra Vir Sharma, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERi), India

Juha S. Niemelä, Ministry of the Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Gary Bull, University of British Columbia

Megat Sany, Malaysia

Duncan Brack, Chatham House

Adam van Opzeeland, New Zealand

Emma Hatcher, Australia

Mubarak Alrashedi, Saudi Arabia

Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary, and Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director

Development of the UNSPF Communication and Outreach Strategy

UNFF13 Vice-Chair Luciana Melchert Saguas Presas

Caroline Liou, Forest Communicators Networks Asia Pacific

Rafael da Soler, Brazil


Jennifer Hayes, US Forest Service

Robert Grace, M&C Saatchi Abel, South Africa


Jasson Kalugendo, Forest Communicators Networks Africa


Mita Sen, UNFF Secretariat

Steffen Dehn, International Forestry Students

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UNFF Secretariat and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2018 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).