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12th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12)

1-5 May 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

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UNFF12 delegates in informal consultation


The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12) convened for its final day on Friday, 5 May 2017. Delegates initially considered and adopted a procedural resolution on the extension of the UNFF Bureau's term-of-office, from one to two years. They then considered a draft omnibus resolution on MAR, MOI, enhanced cooperation and coordination, and inputs to the HLPF. Following discussion, the UNFF adopted the omnibus resolution. Delegates then addressed the remaining agenda items, including on emerging issues and challenges, the Forum’s Trust Fund, and the dates and venue for UNFF13. Following the adoption of the report of the session, and closing remarks, UNFF12 was closed at 1:01 pm.

Immediately following UNFF12, UNFF13 was opened with the sole purpose of electing the new UNFF Bureau. UNFF13 was suspended at 1:04 pm.

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L-R: Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho; Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair; and Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary


Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair

Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary


EU delegates consulting


Tomás Krejzar, Rapporteur

UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho


L-R: UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho with Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair


Osakuade Michael, Nigeria

Isabelle Delattre, EU

Esteban Cadena, Ecuador


Wu Zhimin, China, bureau member

Vicente de Azevedo Araújo Filho, Brazil

Ian Naumkin, Russian Federation


Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine

Ezekiel Edward Mwakalukwa, Tanzania

Eheth Ongmanong Victoire, Cameroon


Chair Peter Besseau, gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:01 pm


Highlights for Thursday, 4 May 2017

The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12) convened for its penultimate day on Thursday, 4 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates discussed the preparation of input for the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), including intersessional activities and substantive input to its thematic focus. Delegates then turned to a discussion on enhancing cooperation, coordination and engagement on forest-related issues across and beyond the UN system.

In the afternoon, delegates addressed means of implementation (MOI).

Informal discussions on the omnibus resolution took place during lunch and into the evening.

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L-R: Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho; Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair; and Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary


Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for DESA

Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair


John Parrotta, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)


Zhong Zheng, China

Javad Momeni, Iran

Karma Choeda, Bhutan


Anna Tyler, New Zealand

Thomas Baldauf, Germany

Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland


L-R: Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria; Christoph Dürr, Switzerland; and Thomas Baldauf, Germany


Isabel Alejandrino, UNFF Secretariat, consulting with Jose Tanoy, UNFF Secretariat

Highlights for Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12) resumed on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates took part in a third panel discussion, which addressed the contribution of forests to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (Zero hunger). This was part of the technical discussion and exchange of experiences regarding the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan on Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF).

In the afternoon, delegates addressed the agenda item on monitoring, assessment and reporting (MAR), including hearing a report on: the outcomes of the Brasilia Expert Meeting on reporting to the UNFF; and the CPF Organization-led Initiative (OLI) on global forest indicators. Delegates also discussed the proposed format and cycle of voluntary national reporting to the UNFF.

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L-R: John Parrotta, US Forest Service, Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge; Tomás Krejzar, Bureau member; Lana Emelina, UNFF12 Secretary; Paola Deda, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); and Bronwen Powell, Penn State University, US


Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge

Tomás Krejzar, Bureau member


Delegates viewed a presentation by Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge, linking food security and forestry


Paola Deda, UNECE, Moderator

Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO


Delegates from New Zealand and Norway


Delegates from the Philippines

Highlights for Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12) resumed on Tuesday, 2 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates continued their discussions on the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), engaging in a technical discussion and exchange of experiences by taking part in a panel on the contribution of forests to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 (No poverty).

In the afternoon, technical discussions continued with a panel discussion on the contributions of forests to the achievement of SDG5 (Gender equality).

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L-R: Godwin Kowero, African Forest Forum (AFF); Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); Uma Lele, Independent Scholar, Keynote Speaker; Wu Zhimin, UNFF Bureau member; Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary; Chip Barber, World Resources Institute (WRI), Moderator; and Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development


Chip Barber, WRI, Moderator

Wu Zhimin, UNFF Bureau member


Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director, ITTO

Uma Lele, Independent Scholar, Keynote Speaker


Delegates viewed a presentation by Uma Lele, Independent Scholar, Keynote Speaker


L-R: Cecile Ndjebet, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Marilyn Headley, Forestry Department, Jamaica, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, UNFF Bureau member, Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary, Njeri Kariuki, UNFF Secretariat, Seemin Qayum, UN Women, and Latha Swamy, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Highlights for Monday, 1 May 2017

The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF12) opened on Monday, 1 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates addressed a number of organizational matters, heard opening statements and held a general discussion on the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF).

In the afternoon, delegates resumed their general discussion on the implementation of the UNSPF and began a more in-depth consideration of UN system-wide contributions to implementation. Delegates heard an outline of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests’ (CPF) policy document, including rules on membership and governance, and its work plan. They also held a panel discussion on the contributions of CPF members, UN partners and stakeholders to implementing the UNSPF.

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L-R: Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, welcomed by Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair


L-R: Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); Marie Chatardová, Vice-President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly; Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair; Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary; and Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director


Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair


Marie Chatardová, Vice-President, ECOSOC

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for DESA


Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director


Adam van Opzeeland, New Zealand

John Leigh Vetter, Peru

Johannes Guagnin, Israel


Jessika Carvajal, Colombia

Eshagh Al Habib, Iran

Moshibudi Rampedi, South Africa


L-R: Milena Sosa-Schmidt, CITES; Carole Saint-Laurent, IUCN; Eva Müller, FAO, on behalf of Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO, and CPF Chair; Peter Besseau, UNFF12 Chair; Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary; Hosny El-Lakany, University of British Columbia, Canada; and Xia Jun, APFNet




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