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Forests Policy & Practice
Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)

10-14 June 2013 | Warsaw, Poland

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Highlights for Monday, 10 June 2013
On Monday, 10 June, the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) opened in Warsaw, Poland, with welcome statements by Marcin Korolec, Minister of the Environment, Poland, and Janusz Zaleski, Under-secretary of State, Poland. In his opening statement, Jan Heino, Chair of the INC, stressed the challenges facing INC-Forests4, underscoring that “it is 11:55" and most articles in the draft negotiating text contain bracketed passages. Opening statements were also made by the EU, Switzerland and observer delegations.

After adopting its agenda and organization of work, the morning plenary made progress in reaching agreement on text in the Terms and Definitions, Objective, Principles and General Provisions sections, although bracketed text remains in some paragraphs.

During the afternoon plenary, brackets were removed from the articles on forest health and vitality, and on socioeconomic functions of forests, and progress was made on the articles concerning productive functions and forest biodiversity. The afternoon plenary then considered a statement of positions regarding the possible secretariat for the agreement. Most delegates supported a joint secretariat of, at least, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), but differed on which organization might take the lead or whether they should serve on an equal footing. Chair Heino urged delegates to come up with proposals on how to reach an agreement and offered to make himself available to discuss further steps informally.

In the evening, a contact group met to address some outstanding issues on articles concerning: terms and definitions; principles; forest resources and their contribution to the global carbon cycles; and monitoring and reporting. Poland's Minister of Environment also hosted a reception for delegates.
Horn blowers welcome INF-Forests4 delegates. (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat)
Dais during opening ceremony. L-R: Janusz Zaleski, Under-Secretary of State, Poland; Marcin Korolec, Environment Minister, Poland; INC-Forests Chair Jan Heino; and INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs. (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat).
Noel Holleran (left) delivering the European Union’s opening statement. (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat)
Friedrich Wulf, Pronatura, delivering opening statement on behalf of environment NGOs. (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat)
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Meeting resources
*Session website
*Session documents
*Session annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website
*INC-Forests3 website
*Resumed INC-Forest3

Other relevant resources
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of Resumed INC-Forest3, 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America
*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway
*IISD RS coverage of the UNFF9, 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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