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Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Four Committees

3-8 November 2014 | Yokohama, Japan

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Highlights for Thursday, 6 November 2014

A view of Yokohama
The fourth day of ITTC-50 started with the Council Session reviewing the UN rules on voting and consensus

In the morning of Thursday, 6 November 2014, the fiftieth session of the International Tropical Timber Council heard presentations on: developments in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change related to forests; the biennial review and assessment of the world timber situation; and the status of ITTO’s Thematic Programmes.

In the afternoon, the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI) and the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) met in parallel to continue discussions of agenda items. The Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) met later in the day to discuss a proposed revision of ITTO staff regulations and rules.

Deliberations on the selection of the next Executive Director continued throughout the day. After meeting in caucus in the morning, Consumer countries called for a formal vote to narrow down the candidates, noting that consensus within the caucus had not been achieved. The Producers continued to call for time for building consensus. Another round of caucus meetings was held. The Council met again in the evening, and decided to proceed to a special vote the following morning.

A CFA working group met late in the evening to continue deliberating on the proposed revision of ITTO staff regulations and rules.

Council Session

Carlos Moreno Mericaechevarria, UNCTAD
 Rob Busink, Chairperson, ITTC-50
Frances Maplesden, ITTO Consultant
Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat
Sri Murniningtyas, Indonesia
Shingi Koto, Japan
Gabriela Ramcke Lancaster, Mexico
 Jürgen Blaser, ITTO Consultant
Grégoire Nkeoua, Republic of the Congo
Mario Rodriguez, Guatemala
Nguyen Tuong Van, Vietnam


Adrian Ngo'o Bitomo, Cameroon spoke for the Producers group

Adingra Heya Chantal, Côte d'Ivoire

 Carlos Moreno Mericaechevarria, UNCTAD (L) and Rob Busink, Chairperson, ITTC-50 conferring after the morning session

Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry ( CEM-CFI)


CFI Chair Bjorn Merkell
Teguh Rahardja, Indonesia
Jennifer Conje, U.S.A
Li Qiang, ITTO Secretariat

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat


Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF)

Panel (L-R): Jean-Guénolé Cornet, ONF International; John Leigh, ITTO Secretariat; CRF Vice-Chair Taivo Denks, Estonia; Jorge Malleux Orjeda, National Agrarian University, Peru; Takeshi Goto, ITTO Secretariat; Hwan Ok Ma, ITTO Secretariat; Polycarpe Masupa-Kambale, ITTO Secretariat

Alicia Grimes , U.S.A.
 
Jean-Guénolé Cornet, ONF International


Committee Session (CFA)
(L-R) Simon Kawaguchi, ITTO Secretariat; R.M. Manohar, ITTO Secretariat; CFA Vice-Chair Gilbert Kaya, Republic of the Congo; CFA Chair Ellen Shaw, U.S.A; E. Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat
CFA Chair Ellen Shaw
Tabi Agyarko, Ghana
Ursula Horn, Germany
Akira Yamada, Japan
Jack Lee, New Zealand
Pedro Brançante Machado, Brazil


Council Session
E. Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat, demonstrates the use of the electronic voting system
Sanquis José Buainain Sarquis, Brazil
Marjukka Mähönen, Finland, on behalf of the Consumer Group


Side Event

A side event, organized by INAB, ITTO and IUCN, highlighted Guatemala's experiences with an electronic verification system for timber harvesting, transport and processing.



Funding for coverage of these meetings has been provided by ITTO
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ITTO Resources

*Documents for the Fiftieth Session of the ITTC

*Annotated Agenda for the fiftieth Session of the ITTC

*Annotated Agenda for the forty-eighth sessions of the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and Committee on Forest Industry

*Annotated Agenda for the forty-eighth session of the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management

*Annotated Agenda for the twenty-ninth session of the Committee on Finance and Administration

*Provisional Agenda for the Joint session of the Committees

*Report of the forty-ninth Session of the ITTC

*Council Decisions

*ITTO Annual Report - 2013


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS Coverage of the Forty-seventh Session of the ITTC and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 14-19 November 2011, Antigua Guatemala

*IISD RS Coverage of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS Coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the ITTC and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan

*IISD RS Coverage of the Forty-fifth Session of the ITTC and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan

*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fourth Session of the ITTC and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 3-8 November 2008, Yokohama, Japan

*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-third Session of the ITTC and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan

*FORESTS-L - A News and Announcement List on Forest Policy Issues

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

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