Highlights and images of main proceedings for 10 May 2022

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Jesse Mahoney plenary

UNFF17 Vice-Chair Jesse Mahoney, Australia

The second day of the 17th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF17) concluded policy discussions on the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF). The Forum also addressed preparations for the 2024 Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the UNSPF and discussed the status of the Trust Fund for the UNFF.

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Delegate from IUFRO

John Parrotta, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

The UNSPF implementation discussion covered, inter alia:

  • the role of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and possible improvements to cooperation between UNFF and CPF;
  • UNFF collaboration with Major Groups;
  • interlinkages between the Global Forest Goals (GFGs) and targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under review by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at its July 2022 session;
  • the implementation of the UNSPF communication and outreach strategy;
  • the work of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN); and
  • monitoring, assessment and reporting issues, including proposed refinements to the format for voluntary national reporting on progress in implementing the UNSPF, the UN Forest Instrument and voluntary national contributions, and progress in the development of a global core set of forest-related indicators.
Delegate from US

Aysha Ghadiali, US

While most member states intervening on the MTR expressed general support for conducting the review, opinions differed on:

  • the specific scope of the review;
  • how the review should be conducted; and
  • the terms of reference for an envisioned open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group to offer proposals to UNFF19 on the review of the effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), including the future steps to be taken by the IAF beyond 2024.
UNFF17 Vice-Chair Musah Abu-Juam, Ghana - UNFF17 - 10May2022 - Photo

L-R: Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director, UNFF Secretariat; UNFF17 Vice-Chair Musah Abu-Juam, Ghana; and Ziad Mahmassani, UNFF Secretariat

Delegate from Mexico

Virtual intervention from a delegate from Mexico

Intervention from Youth

Virtual intervention from Children and Youth Major Group

Delegate from China

Yufu Guo, China

Delegates from the UN System

L-R: Pascal Martinez, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs and Tiina Vähänen, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

UNFFS consulting

UNFF17 Vice-Chair Musah Abu-Juam, Ghana and Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director, UNFF Secretariat, in a discussion with Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat

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