Highlights and images of main proceedings for 7 May 2019

Summary

Highlights for Tuesday, 7 May 2019

L-R: Ibro Adamou, Niger, consulting with Abraham Keita, Guinea

On Tuesday, delegates at UNFF14 resumed discussions on the Implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF). Throughout the day, delegates made general statements on progress made nationally, with some announcing voluntary national contributions. Governments participated in a panel discussion on the Contributions of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Members to Implementation of the UNSPF 2030. This panel allowed CPF members to report on their activities supporting UNSPF implementation.The Forum thereafter engaged in interactive discussions within the framework provided by three thematic technical panel discussions on links between the Global Forest Goals (GFGs), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review by the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF):

  • Forests, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Reduced Inequality, Education and Inclusive Institutions at all Levels, which discussed links between forests with with SDGs 4 (quality education), 10 (reduced inequalities), 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships).
  • Mobilizing Private Sector Action in Support of Implementation of the UNSPF and the Agenda 2030, in which private sector initiatives in support of SFM were presented. Delegates provided suggestions on ways to change negative perceptions of the private sector and recognize their contributions to sustainable forest management (SFM).
  • Communication, Outreach and International Day on Forests 2019, where participants shared best practices and success stories related to communication and outreach, including activities carried out in the context of the International Day on Forests, under the theme ‘Forests and Education.’
  • The technical thematic sessions drew diverse levels of attention from delegates with the panel on private sector actions attracting the largest number of participants. Some delegates noted that public-private partnerships (PPP) provide innovative solutions for forest financing, and thus the implementation of the GFG 4 (mobilize financial resources), which has been and may well continue to be for many years to come, the key to implementation of all goals.

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    Thematic Panel on Forests, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Reduced Inequality, Education and Inclusive Institutions at all Levels
    L-R: Mika Rekola, University of Helsinki, Finland; Mónica Gabay, National University of General San Martin, Argentina; Javad Momeni, Iran, Vice-Chair UNFF14; Lesley Brough, UNFF Secretariat; and Maureen Whelan, Canada
    Javad Momeni, Iran, Vice-Chair UNFF14
    Mónica Gabay, National University of General San Martin, Argentina
    Maureen Whelan, Canada
    Mika Rekola, University of Helsinki, Finland
    Video message by Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service
    Catherine Karr-Colque, US
    Wan Wazlan Wan Mahmood, Malaysia
    Elias Sekaleli, Lesotho
    Nita Kartika, Indonesia
    Panel on Contribution of the CPF Members to Implementation of the UNSPF
    L-R: Hiroto Mitsugi, CPF Chair and Assistant Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); Kimberly Todd, UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Adriana Vidal, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Sheam Satkuru, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
    Adriana Vidal, IUCN
    Kimberly Todd, UNDP
    Hiroto Mitsugi, CPF Chair and Assistant Director General, FAO
    L-R: Sheam Satkuru, ITTO; Garo Batmanian, World Bank; and Chair, and Mher Margaryan, Chair, UN Commission on the Status on Women
    Aysha Ghadiali, US
    Faryde Carlier, Colombia
    Lisa Janishevski, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
    Myungkil Kim, Republic of Korea
    John Parrotta, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
    Jorge Mario Rodriguez Zuñiga, Costa Rica

    Presentation by Sheam Satkuru, ITTO

    Thematic Panel on Mobilizing Private Sector Action in Support of Implementation of the UNSPF and the Agenda 2030

    View of the room during the panel

    Ana Belen Noriega, Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
    Rob Busink, the Netherlands, Vice-Chair UNFF14
    José Carlos da Fonseca Júnior, Indústria Brasileira de Árvores (IBÁ), Brazil
    Kwameh Asamoah Adam, Ghana Timber Millers Organization
    Keith Anderson, Switzerland
    Cristina Goralewski, Paraguay
    Christian Bushiri Ongala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Jaakko Nippala, Finland
    Thematic Panel on Communication, Outreach and International Day on Forests 2019
    Mita Sen, UNFF Secretariat
    Peter Csoka, FAO
    Steffen Dehn, International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA)
    Cécile Ndjebet, The African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests, on behalf of the Women Major Group
    L-R: Peter Csoka, FAO; Mita Sen, UNFF Secretariat; Rob Busink, the Netherlands, Vice-Chair UNFF14; Lesley Brough, UNFF Secretariat; and Steffen Dehn, International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA)
    UNSPF 2030 communication and outreach strategy