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January 2005
Country Led Initiative in Support of the United Nations Forum on Forests Regarding a Future International Arrangement on Forests

25 - 28 January 2005 | Guadalajara, Mexico
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  Over 200 experts, representing governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, gathered in Zapopan-Guadalajara, Mexico to participate in a country-led initiative (CLI) in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) on the future of the international arrangement on forests (IAF) from 25-28 January 2005. The purpose of the CLI was twofold: to elaborate the critical elements that countries would like to see included in a future IAF; and to provide an informal contribution that will help provide a basis for the decision concerning the future of the IAF that will be taken at UNFF-5. During the meeting, participants considered five specific aspects of a future IAF: objectives and functions; modalities; options for financing; identification of the international and domestic roles and contributions of the potential components of the IAF; and the challenge ahead. In the end, the participants, all of whom were speaking in their personal capacities, produced a final report that will be submitted to the United Nations. The final report is not a consensus report, but simply captures the broad range of personal opinions that were expressed during the four-day meeting. More.

Related Links

Country-led Initiative web site
"Future International Arrangement on Forests," Background Discussion Paper prepared for the Guadalajara CLI
UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group on Consideration with a View to Recommending the Parameters of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on All Types of Forests (AHEG PARAM) web site, including documents and proceedings from the September 2004 meeting
Report of the AHEG PARAM (links to the report in all UN languages)
Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of the AHEG PARAM
United Nations Forum on Forests homepage
"THE IAF AT THE CROSSROADS: TOUGH CHOICES AHEAD," a discussion paper prepared for the WWF Forests for Life Program by Bill Mankin in preparation for the UN Forum on Forests' Ad Hoc Expert Group on Consideration with a View to Recommending the Parameters of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on All Types of Forests (AHEG-PARAM)
"POLICY ADVICE ON OPTIONS FOR A LEGALLY BINDING INSTRUMENT FOR ALL FORESTS," prepared by the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna and RIIA and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality with the objective of assisting delegates to further develop their position in the ongoing intergovernmental discussions on a legally binding instrument for all types of forests
Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction to global forest policy



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