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Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-6)

13-24 February 2006 | UN Headquarters, New York

Photo: Jose Antonio Ocampo, UN Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs


Highlights from Monday, 13 February

Chair Judith Mbula Bahemuka, Kenya, highlighted the need for the Forum to live up to its potential for achieving globally agreed goal of , reducing deforestation, making sustainable forest management (SFM) a reality and increasing the contribution that forests make to human well-being. Highlighting continuing increases in deforestation, she said combatting deforestation will require improved methods of work, developing a multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), and increasing ODA for SFM. She urged delegates to keep the issue of a legally binding agreement in perspective.

Hosni El - Lakany, FAO and former CPF Chair, extended his gratitude to the forum participants and CPF partners, and noted the importance of the future of the IAF.

Austria, on bahalf of the EU, expressed disappointment at UNFF-5's  failure to reach consensus, and conceded that since achieving consensus on an LBI is not a realistic prospect, the EU wanted to engage in a pragmatic dialogue that would contribute to SFM for all forest types. He called attention to developments in other related fora, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD), and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). He also called for clarification of how the LBI issue would be handled at this session.
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