Highlights and images for 24 October 2016



The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG2) on Matters Referred to in Paragraph 48 of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2015/33 ‘International Arrangement on Forests Beyond 2015” opened on Monday, 24 October 2016 at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the morning, delegates adopted the agenda and programme of work for the week. They heard opening statements and presentations of two expert meetings: Enhancing regional and sub-regional involvement in the work of the IAF; and strengthening Major Groups and other stakeholders’ engagement in the work of the IAF. Participants also made general comments on the Co-Chairs revised proposals for the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (the Strategic Plan) and the quadrennial programme of work 2017-2020 (4POW).

In the afternoon delegates discussed the Co-Chairs’ revised proposals for the Strategic Plan, focusing on: the Introduction; Vision and mission; and Global goals, associated targets, thematic areas and priority actions. Delegates indicated their preference for the different options presented by the Co-Chairs for the vision and mission of the Strategic Plan, and proposed global forest goals under the section entitled ‘Value of the IAF in the global context.’

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web updates from UNFF AHEG2. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report in HTML and PDF.
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View of the morning dais


Slovakia for the EU

View of the afternoon dais


Negotiating blocs
European Union