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Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9)

24 January - 4 February 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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Highlights for Tuesday, 25 January 2011
On Tuesday, 25 January, the ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9) convened for the second morning of deliberations in snowy New York. In the morning, delegates continued hearing opening statements from members and held discussions on the UNFF9 theme, “Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication.” In the afternoon, delegates met to consider enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination, as well as regional and subregional inputs.

Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF, presented an overview of the Secretary-General’s reports on the theme of UNFF9. She said a true understanding of the value of forests can only be achieved if cultural and social values are linked with economic and environmental values, and noted that the recommendations of the report included a major focus on forest governance, tenure security and capacity building.

In the afternoon, Director McAlpine introduced the report on Enhanced Cooperation and Policy and Programme Coordination. She highlighted new areas of work, including new linkages with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and integration of forest issues into post-conflict and post-disaster strategies, citing the example of using sustainable cooking methods in refugee camps. Many countries highlighted the positive results of these regional initiatives.

In the session on Regional and Subregional Inputs, McAlpine said that inputs to UNFF were received from 17 regional and subregional partners. She said these inputs provide a clear idea of different regional realities.
Brazil drew attention to their Amazon Protected Areas Programme, noting the partnership has had very positive results in forest conservation in the region.
Australia said combating illegal logging is essential to SFM, as illegal logging not only erodes livelihoods but also destroys cultural and other community values.
Canada acknowledged the critical role of the CPF for promoting SFM.
Nepal, for the least developed countries (LDCs), said LDCs will not be able to implement SFM without new and additional financial and technical resources.
The UNFF Secretariat hard at work.
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Meeting resources
*UNFF9 website
*UNFF9 provisional agenda
*UNFF9 official documents
*UNFF9 provisional organization of work
*UNFF9 informational note
*UNFF9 Bureau minutes
*UNFF9 side events
*Key forest related events in 2011

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of UNFF8, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of UNFF7, 16-27 April 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS forests, desertification and land web page
*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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