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

7-11 May 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

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UNFF12 delegates in informal consultation

The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) will convene from 7-11 May 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York. Under the Forum’s Quadrennial Programme of Work for the Period 2017-2020 approved at an UNFF12 Special Session in January 2017, odd-numbered year sessions focus on discussions on implementation, technical advice and exchange of experiences, while even-numbered year sessions such as this one focus on policy dialogue, development and decision-making. Please consult our summary and analysis of the Special Session.

UNFF13’s policy dialogue will focus on the thematic and operational priorities, priority actions and resource needs for the period 2017-2018, taking into account the review cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) during the biennium and the theme of the International Day of Forests, “Forests and Sustainable Cities.” The Forum will provide its contribution to the follow-up, review and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets under consideration by the 2018 HLPF.

The Forum also will discuss:

  • emerging issues and challenges of global significance that are related to and/or have an impact on forests and sustainable forest management;
  • United Nations system organizations’ and partners’ activities contributing to the achievement of the Global Forest Goals and targets of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030, such as the recent Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) conference, “Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area - From Aspiration to Action.” Please consult our summary of this conference;
  • A CPF proposal on proposed set of global forest indicators;
  • The cycle and format for national voluntary reporting at the Forum;
  • Guidelines for the operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) and measures to increase GFFFN effectiveness and efficiency; and
  • The Communication and Outreach Strategy for the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030.

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