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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 Saturday, 8 November 2014

A view of Yokohama
The final day of ITTC-50

On the last day of the fiftieth session of the International Tropical Timber Council, delegates discussed at length, and into the evening, how to proceed with the election of the next ITTO Executive Director. Proposals were made to postpone the decision to the next session of the ITTC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2015, or to an extraordinary session to be held much earlier. Many delegates supported an idea to rotate the Executive Director position between Consumers and Producers, but also felt this matter needed further discussion. Many also backed the idea of creating a working group to delve into these matters. Consensus was not reached on any proposals before interpretation stopped, and the agenda item was not concluded at this session. The election of the next Executive Director will be put on the agenda of ITTC-51.

The Committee on Finance and Administration met in the morning to finalize their work. Delegates then met in a Council session to adopt the Reports of the Committees and decisions on: projects, pre-projects and activities; the ITTO Biennial Work Programme for 2015-2016; and admission and activities of observers during Council sessions.

The Council also elected Bin Che Yeom Freezailah (Malaysia) as Chair of ITTC-51, and Jennifer Conje (US) as Vice-Chair. Representatives of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) and the UN Forum on Forests delivered statements.

Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka and ITTC-50 Chair Rob Busink delivered closing addresses. The Chair closed the meeting at 9:28pm.

Council Session

Jorge Malleux Orjeda, Peru
Mohamad Sanuri Shahid, Malaysia
Meredith Stokdiijk, New Zealand
Sébastien Malele Mbala, Democratic Republic of Congo
Ambassador Elard Escala, Peru
Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Director
Adrian Ngo'o Bitomo, Cameroon
Two of the Executive Director candidates discuss the day's events
Afsa Kemitale-Rothschild, UNFF Secretariat
Miseal León Carvajal, Honduras
Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Malaysia and Jennifer Conje, U.S.A. were elected Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of ITTC-51
CFA Chair Gilbert Kaya delivers the CFA session report
Björn Merkell, Sweden, delivers the CEM-CFI session report
Cécile Ndjebet, Cameroon, delivers the CSAG statement
Rowena Watson, U.S.A, pledges US$100,000 to the Trade and Market Transparency Thematic Programme
Panel (L-R): Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director; Rob Busink, ITTC-50 Chair; Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, ITTC-51 Chair; Jennifer Conje, ITTC-51 Vice-Chair; Carlos Moreno Mericaechevarria, UNCTAD; E. Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat
Marjukka Mähönen, Finland, on behalf of the Consumers, proposed a special session to elect the Executive Director
Adrian Ngo'o Bitomo, Cameroon, spoke on behalf of the Producers
Sarquis José Buiainain Sarquis, Brazil
Richard Gbadoe Edjidomele, Togo
Chair Rob Busink notes there is no consesus on the selection of the Executive Director

Luca Perez, E.U., supports a special session to elect the ED

Brazil supports postponing the decision to ITTC-51
Bolivar Torres Ceballos, Ecuador
Tabi Agyarko, Ghana
Brazil confers with the Chairman
Cameroon confers with Brazil
The Panel consults on the way forward

At 8 pm, the interpreters offer the Chair another hour of interpretation
Rowena Watson, U.S.A, called for a special vote
Chair Rob Busink explains that no further decisions can be made without intrepretation
Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director, delivers the closing address
ITTC-50 closes


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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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