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

1-5 May 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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View of the UNFF12 plenary session

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.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from UNFF12.

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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

John Parrotta, US Forest Service

Bronwen Powell, PennState

Sapol Boonsermsuk, Thailand

Nancy Céspedes, Chile

Nonito Tamayo, the Philippines

Thomas Baldauf, Germany

Christa Mooney, Canada

Avhashoni Renny Madula, South Africa

Estelle Ondo, Gabon

Adam van Opzeeland, New Zealand

Shari Ulery, US

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

UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho

Eva Müller, FAO

Tomasz Juszczak, UNFF Secretariat

Salina Abraham, Children and Youth Major Group

Vicente de Azevedo Araújo Filho, Brazil

Jennifer Conje, US

Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria

Boris Greguška, EU

Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine

Oppon Sasu, Ghana

Christoph Dürr, Switzerland

Chitra Subramaniam, Malaysia

Harald Aalde, Norway

Markku Aho, Farmers and Small Forest Landowners Major Group

L-R: Afsa Kemitale-Rothschild, UNFF Secretariat; Tomasz Juszczak, UNFF Secretariat; UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho; Tomás Krejzar, Bureau member; Lana Emelina, UNFF12 Secretary; and Eva Müller, FAO

L-R: Ben Singer, UNFF Secretariat; Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary; and Isabel Alejandrino, UNFF Secretariat

Delegates from the Philippines

Delegates from New Zealand and Norway

L-R: Marilyn Headley, Jamaica, in a conversation with Emma Hatcher, Australia

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European Union (EU) 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 EU, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES).