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51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council
and Associated Sessions of the Committees (ITTC-51)

16-21 November 2015 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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Joint Committee Session from ITTC-50

Joint Council Session at the ITTC-51 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The fifty-first session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-51), and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economics, Statistics and Markets; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) opened on Monday, 16 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the morning, delegates heard opening statements from the ITTO Interim Executive Director, the ITTC-51 Chair, the United Nations Forum on Forests, and ministers from Cameroon, Ghana, and Malaysia.

In the morning, the Council addressed organizational matters, including ascertainment of quorum for the meeting, distribution of votes, and adoption of the meeting’s agenda. The Council agreed to postpone discussion of admission of observers, pending the outcome of informal consultations. Council considered the report of the Informal Advisory Group, which includes revelations that US$6 million in ITTO funds had been lost in a failed investment. The IAG recommended that Council draft a decision to establish an investigation into the matter.

In the afternoon, Producers and Consumers met separately, followed by a Council session. Participants considered a report on options for admitting civil society observers to ITTC.

In the evening delegates attended a dinner hosted by the Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries.

+ IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage from the 51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees (ITTC-51). A full summary and brief analysis of ITTC-51 is available in HTML and PDF format.


Ngole Philip Ngwese, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon

 Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Chairperson ITTC-51 


Barbara Serwah Asamoah, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Ghana

Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UNFF Secretariat


Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat

Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia


Jennifer Conje, ITTC-51 Vice-Chair

Edmond Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat



From L-R: Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat; Manoel Sobral Filho, UNFF Secretariat; Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Chairperson ITTC-51; Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Plantation Industries & Commodities, Malaysia; Barbara Serwah Asamoah, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Land and Natural Resources of Ghana; Jennifer Conje, Vice-chairperson ITTC-51; Ngole Philip Ngwese, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon and Edmond Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat take a group photo.


 

 


Delegates consulting during tea break.


 

 


Rowena Watson, US

Anne Schick, Switzerland


Adrian Ngo'o Bitomo, Cameroon

Rob Busink, the Netherlands


Enzo Barattini, ITTO consultant

Charles Besançon, CBD

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Funding for coverage of ITTC-51 has been provided by ITTO and the European Union (EU)
ITTO EU