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

1-5 May 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Thursday, 4 May 2017

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Delegates from the EU in consultation

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.

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: 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

Peter Csoka, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho

Dambis Kaip, Papua New Guinea

Emilio Mugo, Kenya

Mikalai Yurevich, Belarus

Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine

Khalid Cherki, Morocco

Jennifer Conje, US

L-R: Werner Kornexl, World Bank; Penny Davies, Ford Foundation; UNFF Director Manoel Sobral Filho; Wu Zhimin, UNFF Bureau member; Moncef Khane, UNFF12 Secretary; Gustavo Fonseca, Global Environment Facility (GEF); and Ivan Tomaselli, STCP Engineering Projects Ltd.

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF

Wu Zhimin, UNFF Bureau member

Penny Davies, Ford Foundation

Werner Kornexl, World Bank

Ivan Tomaselli, STCP Engineering Projects Ltd.

Armando Alanis, Mexico

Osakuade Michael, Nigeria

Santiago García Lloré, Ecuador

Carlota de ABV Ramos, Brazil

Eric Kaffo, Cameroon

Moshibudi Rampedi, South Africa

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

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

Delegates from Japan and Switzerland consulting with Wu Zhimin, UNFF Bureau member and Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat

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Specific funding for coverage of UNFF12 has been provided by the
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).