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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 Monday, 31 January 2011
On Monday, 31 January, the ninth session of the UNFF reconvened in the morning to receive copies of a Draft Ministerial Declaration and a Draft Omnibus Resolution prepared by the Bureau on Friday, 28 January, on the basis of interventions made by delegates during the first week of the meeting. The UNFF Secretariat read through the Draft Ministerial Declaration, with Chair Ozols noting that both the draft Ministerial Declaration and the Draft Omnibus Resolution had been posted on the UNFF’s website for consideration by delegates over the weekend. Delegates then adjourned to discuss the drafts within their caucuses.

In the afternoon, delegates convened in working groups to provide comments on the two documents presented in plenary during the morning. Working Group I (WGI) discussions moved swiftly, with delegates providing comments, paragraph-by-paragraph, on the Draft Ministerial Declaration. After providing several comments on the first seven paragraphs, the G-77/China stated it required additional time to discuss the rest of the Declaration, stating it would convene on Monday evening to coordinate its position and present its comments to WGI on Tuesday morning. He proposed that other participants present their positions in the interim. Some delegates said they could not agree to present positions at different times, so the Working Group eventually agreed to reconvene on Tuesday morning to continue deliberations.

In Working Group II, delegates addressed the Bureau´s Draft Omnibus Resolution. Delegates welcomed the text and went paragraph-by-paragraph proposing amendments to the preambular paragraphs as well as in the operative text on, inter alia, Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication. Negotiations continued late into the night.

Delegates were also invited to watch one of the winning films from the International Forest Film Festival, “The Queen of Trees,” illustrating the symbiotic relationship between the Sycamore Fig Tree and the fig wasp, and how this relationship allows the Sycamore Fig to continue in its pivotal role as a source of food and shelter for creatures, great and small.
Delegates provided comments on the Draft Ministerial Declaration.

In WGII, delegates deliberated on the Bureau’s Draft Omnibus Resolution.
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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
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