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

7-11 May 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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UNFF13 Vice-Chair Koki Muli Grignon (Kenya) consults with Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) resumed on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates discussed the possible impact of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) reform on the UNFF Secretariat and how the Forum is serviced. Delegates then turned to monitoring, assessment and reporting, including the proposed format and cycle for voluntary national reporting to UNFF and work by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) on a global core set of forest indicators.

During lunch three side events were held: one hosted by Rwanda and the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), on “Forest Ecosystems of Central Africa: The Unknown Lung of the Planet, Emerging issues, Challenges, and Prospects for the World”; a second hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Switzerland on “Mobilizing Finance for Forests and REDD+: The Key Role of National Forests and REDD+ Finance Strategies”; and a third hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of the Republic of Korea on “Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Biodiversity.”

In the afternoon, delegates discussed means of implementation, with a focus on guidelines for the operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) and proposed measures to increase its effectiveness and efficiency.

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

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Information on UN DESA Reforms Pertaining to UNFF

Haitian Lu, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director; Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, UNFF13 Chair; and Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

Michael Osakuade, Nigeria, for Africa Group

Haitian Lu, UN DESA

Davia Carty, Jamaica

Avhashoni Renny Madula, South Africa

Rob Busink, The Netherlands

Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting

The dais during the session

UNFF13 Vice-Chair Maureen Whelan

Patrick Kariuki, Kenya

Afsa Kemitale, UNFF Secretariat

Peter Csoka, FAO

UNFF13 Vice-Chair Luciana Melchert Saguas Presas, and Rafael da Soler, Brazil


Jessica Carvajal, Colombia

Marta Nuñez, NGO Major Group

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria

Renato Morales, Argentina

Means of Implementation

Peter Gondo, UNFF Secretariat

Hu Yuanhui, China


Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director

Lisa Prior, Executive Secretary, International Forestry Students' Association

Jean Baptiste Havugimana, East African Community; Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, Executive Secretary, and Tite Tchuante, Central African Forests Commission

Yoshiko Motoyama, Japan

Thioye Djibril, Senegal

Around the Venue



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

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