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39th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council 
and Associated Sessions of the Committees


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Highlights for Saturday, 12 November 2005

On the final day of ITTC-39, delegates convened in a Council session to adopt final reports and decisions. After hearing the reports of the Credentials Committee and the meeting of the Sub-Account B of the Bali Partnership Fund and the Special Account, delegates considered and adopted the revised biennial work programme for 2006-2007. Delegates adopted the reports of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Reforestation and Forest Management, and Finance and Administration. Delegates also approved two decisions on projects, pre-projects and activities and the ITTO Biennial Work Programme for 2006-2007. Chair Attah gavelled the session to a close at 2:11pm.

Above photo L-R: During the final Council session, Jorge Viana, Governor, State of Acre (Brazil), gave a copy of the Brazilian FSC certificate to Chair Alhassan Attah. Chair Attah congratulated Viana on on Brazil's achievement, noting that certification of the first public forest in Acre was due in large part to ITTO's assistance.

Council Session: Closing Plenary 

Above photo L-R: The dais during the morning council session with Steven Johnson (ITTO), ITTO Executive Director Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTC Chair Alhassan Attah (Ghana), and ITTC Vice-Chair Koichi Ito (Japan).

Credentials Committee Chair Norini Haron  
(Malaysia) reported that forty countries and the EC were represented.

Above photo L-R: Norini Haron and Siti Syaliza Mustapha

The working group on Sub-Account B of BPF, chaired by Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail  
(Malaysia), presented a report on the resources of the fund.

On the CEM-CFI report, Malaysia presented a statement on behalf of producer countries demurring on the report’s discussion of joint committee work under “other business,” because the producers do not consider these joint meetings productive when they lead to scaling down of the committees’ work.  

Above photo L-R: Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah bin Che Yeom

CFI Chair Celestine Ntsame-Okwo (Gabon) presented the report of CFI, which was approved.

CEM Vice-Chair James Gasana said that there was discussion of the problems of statistics reporting to ITTO, which will be addressed with workshops, country missions and funding for questionnaire completion.

CFA Chair Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail reported on the Committee’s 18th session, noting that the Committee is seeking authorization to transfer US$500,000 from Working Capital to Administrative accounts to cover late payments and ensure that the work program is not disrupted. 

CRF Chair Jennifer Conje reported on the work of the CRF, including core items related to project approval, review and ex-post evaluation.

Above photo L-R: Dais during the afternoon Council Session with Jorge Viana, Governor of the State of Acre (Brazil), ITTO Executive Director Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTC Chair Alhassan Attah (Ghana), ITTC Vice-Chair Koichi Ito (Japan) and incoming Vice-Chair Luis Macchiavello Amoros (Peru).

Incoming Chair Koichi Ito (Japan) (right), said that he would renew his commitment to ITTO, and do his best along with incoming Vice-Chair Luis Macchiavello Amoros (Peru) (left).

Jorge Viana, Governor, State of Acre (Brazil), thanked ITTO for its project support in the Antimary state forest, which made possible an FSC certified forest and marketing of certified products in Europe.

Aulikki Kauppila (Finland), on behalf off the consumer group, noted the constructive atmosphere of the session and the balance between policy and project work.

Luiz Gasser of Brazil , for the producer countries, said that they are satisfied with the work done at this session, especially committee work and Council work on the BWP. He said that the informal meetings on the successor agreement were fruitful and producers are optimistic about its negotiation.

Above photo L-R: ITTC Chair Alhassan Attah (Ghana) accepts the ceremonial gavel from incoming  ITTC Chair Koichi Ito (Japan).

View of the closing presentation of Chair Attah.

ITTC Chair Alhassan Attah (Ghana) gaveled the meeting to a close at 2:11 pm (GMT +9)




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