Highlights for Wednesday, 8 May 2019
On Wednesday, delegates at UNFF14 resumed discussions on the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Reform Pertaining to UNFF. Delegates asked for clarification on:
Juwang Zhu, Officer-in-Charge, UNFF Secretariat, assured delegates that the operation and functions of UNFF would not be affected by UN DESA reforms, and that the UNFF’s Secretariat’s capacity to deliver on the Forum’s mandates would be strengthened. He also assured the Forum that the Director’s position is still under consideration.The Forum then addressed Means of Implementation, noting progress on the activities of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (G3FN). They also heard from the Co-Chairs of the Expert Group Meeting on the Clearing House of the G3FN held in January 2019, where the core elements of the Clearing House Mechanism were decided.Governments discussed at length the procedure for setting up of a satellite G3FN office in Beijing, China, urging for information on operational and budgetary arrangements. They requested consultation with Member States on this issue.Throughout the day, the Forum also engaged in interactive discussions in the following panels:
The third day of the Forum, begun with discussions on UN DESA reforms, and ended on Means of Implementation. Both issues ignited spirited discussions on the impacts these reforms would have on the UNFF Secretariat and on the G3FN office in China. Grievances were aired by the Forum Members with regards to the lack of information and transparency in both issues, with one major donor to G3FN announcing that they would freeze their contributions until this information deficit is resolved.
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Panel on Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting
Means of Implementation
L-R: Khalid Cherki, Morocco, UNFF14 Rapporteur; John Leigh, National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), Peru; Thomas Baldauf, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany; Peter Gondo, UNFF Secretariat; Javad Momeni, Iran, Vice-Chair UNFF14; and Lesley Brough, UNFF Secretariat
Panel on Means of Implementation for SFM
L-R: Panelists from the side event on "The role of forests ecosystem restoration and biodiversity to achieve the global forest goals" with Eunho Choi, National Institute of Forest Science, Republic of Korea; Kyungmi Oh, Korea Forest Service; Myungkil Kim, National Institute of Forest Science, Republic of Korea; Lisa Janishevski, Convention on Biological Diversity; Lydie Norohanta Raharimaniraka, Ministry of Environment, Madagascar; and Ibro Adamou, Ministry of Environment, Niger