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Highlights and images of main proceedings for 12 May 2022

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SDG15 life on land

SDG 15 (life on land) is the Sustainable Development Goal that includes the sustainable management of forests

EU in a huddle before the session

Delegates from the EU consulting before the start of the informal session 

During the second reading of the resolution, a number of issues were discussed, namely:

  • how to refer to the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use and other recent international forest-related developments such as the Seoul Forest Declaration;
  • how to refer to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • whether to include references to a One Health approach;
  • the need for stronger support for means of implementation;
  • how to refer to national circumstances;
  • how to facilitate access to financial mechanisms for local communities and Indigenous Peoples;
  • how to acknowledge the special needs and circumstances of middle-income countries; and
  • the need to align the voluntary national contribution cycle to the Global Forest Resources Assessment cycle.
Delegates from India consulting - UNFF17 - 12May2022 - photo

Delegates from India consulting before the start of the afternoon informal informal consultations

Much of the afternoon was consumed in lengthy “informal-informal consultations,” led by two member states, to forge compromises on contentious resolution paragraphs. Despite the sometimes tense exchanges, compromises were found for some of the difficult issues related to references to national circumstances and the means of implementation by leveraging already-agreed language from UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 2017/4, by which the UN Strategic Plan for Forests was originally adopted. Resolutions to other sticking points, however, such as references to the Glasgow Declaration and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, required creative wordsmithing and flexibility from delegates.

Huddle with India, Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia

Delegates from Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia and Malaysia consulting before the start of the afternoon informal informal consultations

Friday’s session will consider the date, venue and provisional agenda of the 18th session of the Forum, and the adoption of the omnibus resolution.

UNFF17 Vice-Chair Jesse Mohoney

UNFF17 Vice-Chair Jesse Mohoney, Australia, before the start of the informal session

US Intervention

Delegate from the US waiting to make his intervention

Brazil intervention

Delegate from Brazil waiting to make his intervention

Delegate from Switzerland waiting to make her intervention

Delegate from Switzerland waiting to make her intervention

Participants from ITTO and IUFRO - UNFF17 - 12May2022 - Photo

L-R: Sheam Satkuru, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Andre Purret, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 

FAO consulting with delegates

Participant from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) consulting with delegates before the start of the informal session

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Forests