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The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests continued on Wednesday, 17 April. In the morning, Working Group (WG) I convened for the second reading of the revised draft text. It then adjourned for further consultations by negotiating blocs and resumed during lunch. Under WGII, early morning informal consultations convened on the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG). The WG met for an update on these informal consultations, which continued thereafter.
In the afternoon, WGI continued the second reading of the revised draft text, while negotiating blocs continued informal consultations on the text at the same time. WGII commenced the second reading of the revised draft text, while a drafting group addressed the issue of the 2015 review of the IAF. Negotiations in both WGs continued late into the evening.
Side events took place during the lunch period on advances in Amazon cooperation on deforestation monitoring and the launch of a new initiative - Turkey's Forests for the Future We Want.
Leander's Tower, a structure from medieval Byzantine period located in a small islet at the
southern entrance to the Bosphorus Strait. Photo by Franz Dejon
Working Group I (WGI)
Delegates from the G-77/China consulting
L-R: WGI Co-Chairs Anna Masinja, Zambia, and Shuli Davidovich, Israel
Noel O'Connor, Ireland, (center) with delegates from the EU
Delegates from Turkey consulting
Sergio Hernández, Mexico
Capitolene Nsabiyumva, Burundi
Tobias Ogweno, Kenya
L-R: WGI Co-Chairs Anna Masinja, Zambia, and Shuli Davidovich, Israel,
conferring with UNFF Secretariat
Leoncio Calderon, Peru
Ahmed Alattas, Yemen
Minchinton Burton, Dominica
L-R: Mercy Clement and Thomas Fameso, Nigeria
Working Group II (WGII)
WGII informal group
Arvids Ozols, Latvia
Marilyn Headley, Jamaica
Ram Prassad, Nepal
Delegates from Africa in informal consultation
Lambert Okrah, Partnership on Forests
Rene Somopawiro, Suriname
Andrei Laletin, Friends of the Siberian Forests
WGII Co-Chair Saiful Azam Martinus Abdullah, Malaysia, (center), in informal consultations with the US
L-R: Wladimir Tene and Juan Andres Salvador, Ecuador
L-R: Ulrich Apel and Ian Gray, Global Environment Facility
L-R:Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat; WG II Co-Chair Srećko Juričić, Croatia; WG II Co-Chair Saiful Azam Martinus Abdullah, Malaysia; and Sangeeta Sharma, UNFF Secretariat
Photos from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization Side Event on Advances in Amazon Cooperation on Deforestation Monitoring
L-R: Tomi Akanle, ENB, in conversation with Mercy Clement, Nigeria