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

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: 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


Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for DESA, delivering his statement to UNFF12


New logo for "Global Forest Goals" introduced at UNFF12


Delegates viewed a short video introducing the UN Strategic Plan for Forests


Ma Guangren, China

Joanne Adamson, EU

Santiago García Lloré, Ecuador for G-77/China


Emma Hatcher, Australia

Mikalai Yurevich, Belarus

Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland


Adam van Opzeeland, New Zealand

John Leigh Vetter, Peru

Johannes Guagnin, Israel


Paola Deda, UN Economic Commission for Europe


Jessika Carvajal, Colombia

Eshagh Al Habib, Iran

Moshibudi Rampedi, South Africa


Agus Justianto, Indonesia

Istrate Ştețco, Romania

Wijarn Simachaya, Thailand


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



Eva Müller, FAO, on behalf of Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO, and CPF Chair

Milena Sosa-Schmidt, CITES


Xia Jun, APFNet

Carole Saint-Laurent, IUCN

Hosny El-Lakany, University of British Columbia, Canada



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