United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Debates the Future of the International Arrangement on Forests
The 11th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which is taking place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from May 4th-15th, is set to be one of the most important meetings in the history of the organization, where member states will discuss and negotiate the future of the international arrangement on forests (IAF).
The purpose of this session is to review the effectiveness of the IAF, assess the progress on the implementation of the Forest Instrument and global objectives on forests, identify challenges for the IAF, as well as discuss various topics, from financing, implementation of sustainable forest management, and the relationship between the UNFF and regional organizations.
According to the IISD’s report on the first day of the session, “The general debate highlighted that while there is broad consensus on strengthening both the IAF and UNFF, the finer details are going to be where the real work is needed.” An independent assessment report of the IAF, commissioned by the UNFF, identified a number of options for the future arrangement of the UNFF, such as the creation of a United Nations Forest Assembly. It remains to be seen whether states will maintain or change the current institutional framework.
You can access IISD’s daily coverage of the 11th session here.