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11th Session of the UN Forum on Forests

4-15 May 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Room Shot from Dais

A view of the room from the dais, during the High-Level Dialogue

UNFF11 reconvened for its penultimate day of negotiations on Thursday, 14 May. The High-Level Segment met for its final day of discussions. In the morning, two roundtables - "Integration of Forests in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" and "Renewed Commitments to the IAF beyond 2015" - were held. In the afternoon, a High-Level Dialogue was convened with the heads and senior representatives of regional and CPF member organizations and Major Groups. The Ministerial Declaration, “The forests we want: beyond 2015,” was also adopted.

Working Group 2 resumed its discussions on the draft resolution in parallel to the High-Level Segment. Several delegates expressed frustration at a perceived lack of reflection in the proposed text of progress made in the contact group. As of midnight, delegates were discussing the best way forward.

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High-Level Roundtables

Roundtable 1 Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the roundtable on "Integration of forests in the post-2015 development agenda"

Bheki Cele

Bheki Cele, South Africa

Hans Hoogeveen

Hans Hoogeveen, the Netherlands

Marianne Bibalou

Marianne Bibalou, Gabon

Milena Sosa Schmidt

Milena Sosa Schmidt, CITES

Boubacar Diop

Boubacar Diop, Mauritania

Putera Parthama

Putera Parthama, Indonesia

Raymond Mbitikon

Raymond Mbitikon,
Commission of Central African Forests

Knut Øistad

Knut Øistad, Norway

Hans Friederich

Hans Friederich, International
Network for Bamboo and Rattan

Max Lascano

Max Lascano, Ecuador

Ileana Villalobos

Ileana Villalobos, Venezuela

Roundtable 2 Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the roundtable on "Renewed commitments to
the implementation of the international arrangement on forests beyond 2015"

High-Level Dialogue

Dialogue Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the High-Level Dialogue

Thomas Gass

Thomas Gass,
Assistant Secretary-General, UN-DESA

Braulio Ferreira de Souza DiasDias

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias,
Executive Secretary, CBD

Emmanuel Ze Meka

Emmanuel Ze Meka,
Executive Director, ITTO

Elliot Harris

Elliot Harris,
Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP

Gustavo Fonseca

Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat

Eva Müller

Eva Müller, FAO

John Parrotta, IUFRO

Stan Nkwain, UNDP

Narinder Kakar, IUCN

Nandhini Iyer Krishna, UNCCD Secretariat

Tiffany Hodgson, UNFCCC Secretariat

Joseph Cobbinah, Major Groups

Contact Group / Working Group

Working Group Dais

A view of the dais during Working Group 2 in the evening

Side Events

Korea/CBD Event

The Republic of Korea and the CBD Secretariat organized a lunchtime side event on aligning commitments
and actions through the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative to achieve broader SDGs.

RRI Event

The Rights and Resources Initiative organized a side event on old challenges and
new opportunities in securing forest tenure and improving forest governance.


The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan organized a side event presenting
a global assessment of bamboo and rattan, with case studies from three continents.

Around UNFF11

CBD Secretariat, one ex-UNFF

Pacific SIDS with Directors


Manoel Sobral Filho and Vicente Bezerra

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