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Forests Policy & Practice
Resumed Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)

7-8 November 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights for Friday 8 November 2013
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On Friday, 8 November, the Resumed Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (Resumed INC-Forests4) continued in Geneva, Switzerland, with an early morning session of the contact group on outstanding issues, co-chaired by Ingwald Gschwandtl (Austria) and Liubov Poliakova (Ukraine). That examined a matrix of secretariat functions as laid out in article 14 of the LBA along with which organization various delegations thought should fulfill them and why.

When plenary convened, Gschwandtl and Poliakova reported on the work of the contact group, while Jolyon Thompson (UK), chair, legal expert group, reported that his group had finished work on Thursday evening on all but six articles of the draft negotiating text (DNT).

A proposal to start negotiating a package deal based on UNECE as the lead in a joint LBA secretariat was supported by many delegations, but opposed by a block of countries. When the block suggested taking some of the outstanding issues to a diplomatic conference, several others said it was not a viable option.

Plenary broke for lunch and reconvened at 1pm to hear positions about how to move negotiations forward. Delegations again diverged over whether it was worthwhile to explore the option of a diplomatic conference. The contact group reconvened to discuss legal aspects of adoption, servicing and administering the LBA under a joint secretariat, and what a diplomatic conference might entail. The legal expert group also finished examining the remainder of the DNT.

When the plenary reconvened at 5:55 pm, Gschwandtl and Poliakova reported on the contact group discussions. The Committee discussed questions regarding the arrangements of a possible diplomatic conference, and whether all outstanding substantive issues needed to be resolved before bringing the text to a conference. The Committee broke at 7:45 pm to allow for consultations.
Plenary reconvenes at 9:28 pm to consider and approve the work of the legal experts group.

Chair Heino gavels meeting to a close at 4:30 am.

Chair Heino thanks Malgorzata Busko-Briggs, INC Secretary
Closing Plenary
Chair Heino gavels meeting to a close at 4:30 am.
EU confers with INC-Forests Chair Jan Heino and the Secretariat
Morning Plenary
Contact Group Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl,Austria
Contact Group Co-Chair Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Marat Berdyev, Russian Federation
INC-Forests Chair Jan Heino and Malgorzata Busko-Briggs, INC Secretary
Marian Stoicescu and János Halmágyi, Council of European Forests
Contact Group
Delegates met in early morning session of the contact group on outstanding issues
Mona Ali Khalil, UN Office of Legal Affairs, and Lorenza Colletti, Italy
Donata Rugarabamu, FAO
Markus Holzer, European Comission, and Valdas Vaiciunas, Lithuania
Robert Busink, Netherlands, and Tomáš Krejzar, Czech Republic
Delegates confer during break
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Related Links
Session resources

*Session website and documents

*Annotated provisional agenda

*Draft negotiating text

*Draft organization of work for the Resumed INC-Forests4

*Oslo Mandate

*INC-Forests1 website

*INC-Forests2 website

*INC-Forests3 website

*Resumed INC-Forest3 website

*INC-Forest4 website

Other relevant resources


*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests4, 10-14 June 2013, Warsaw, Poland

*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of Resumed INC-Forest3, 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the UNFF9, 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder

*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues

*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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