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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
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The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) will resume its work from 7-8 November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The INC-Forests process was launched by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (FOREST EUROPE) to negotiate a legally-binding agreement (LBA) on forests in Europe with a completion deadline of 30 June 2013. Under the mandate given to it, the fourth session of the INC-Forests is to be the last negotiating session. When it met from 10-14 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland , INC-Forests4 revised most of the draft negotiating text, including two annexes on arbitration and conciliation. It also discussed, but could not reach final conclusions on, the arrangements for bringing the legally-binding agreement under the UN umbrella, the possible financial and secretariat arrangements, and presentation of the INC-Forests results to the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference expected to take place in Madrid, Spain. As a result of the impasse, INC-Forests4 was “suspended” to allow for more time for negotiations and inter-sessional consultations.

When INC-Forests4 resumes in Geneva, negotiators must not only finalize outstanding issues in the text itself, but they also must decide on institutional and financial arrangements for the agreement and agree on whether the agreement will be a regional or global convention.

IISD RS will provide daily digital coverage and a summary report from this Session. Kindly return to this site on Thursday, 7 November 2013, for more information.
Trees in full bloom outside the Session venue
Trees in full bloom outside the Session venue
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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