Highlights and images for 25 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” convened for its second day on Tuesday, 25 October 2016, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the morning, participants resumed their discussions on the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030, addressing the section on global forest goals, associated targets and initial priority actions. The goals addressed by participants included: reversing the loss of forest cover worldwide through sustainable forest management (SFM); enhancing forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits; promoting sustainable governance frameworks to implement the UN Forest Instrument and enhance the contribution of forests to the 2030 Agenda; and enhancing cooperation, coordination, coherence and synergies on forest-related issues within the UN System and across member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

In the afternoon, delegates considered issues on the Strategic Plan’s modalities, and also addressed the implementation framework, which addressed roles and responsibilities, including those of member states, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) and its Secretariat, the CPF and Major Groups. It also dealt with means and resources for implementation, including the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), forest funding institutions, and the UNFF Trust Fund.

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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Nancy Céspedes, Chile

Sybille Vermont, Switzerland

Rekha Pai, India

Eva Mueller, FAO

Abdelrhani Charfi, Morocco