Highlights and images for 10 May 2024

UN Headquarters, New York

UNFF19 Chair Zéphyrin Maniratanga (Burundi) - UNFF19 - 10May2024

UNFF19 Chair Zéphyrin Maniratanga (Burundi) gaveling the meeting closed

The Chair of the 19th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF19), Zéphyrin Maniratanga (Burundi), hailed the Forum’s outcomes, adopted on Friday afternoon, as “historic.” UNFF19 adopted a high-level declaration signaling high-level commitment to forests going forward, and an omnibus resolution that included the Mid-Term Review of the effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and set the mandate for specific future actions by the UNFF and its stakeholders.

Newly Elected UNFF19 Vice-Chair Ismael Belen (Türkiye)- UNFF19 - 10May2024

Newly-elected UNFF20 Chair Ismael Belen (Türkiye)

The Declaration of the High-Level Segment, among other things, commits UNFF Members to take urgent and accelerated actions to halt and reverse deforestation and forest degradation and prevent land degradation by 2030, while achieving sustainable development.

The Declaration also reaffirms the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017–2030 (UNSPF) as a global framework for action at all levels to protect and sustainably manage all types of forests and trees outside forests, to halt deforestation and forest degradation and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international forest-related instruments, processes, commitments, and goals.

Closing Plenary 1- UNFF19 - 10May2024

Delegates during closing plenary

The omnibus resolution adopted by the Forum offers, in light of the Mid-Term Review, a list of actions going forward for UNFF Members, the UNFF Secretariat, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), and the UNFF Trust Fund. The resolution also suggests actions regarding the UNSPF, the UNSPF communication and outreach strategy, the contributions of the Forum to the 2030 Agenda, the involvement of regional and subregional partners, and the involvement of Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders.

Dails during closing - UNFF19 - 10May2024

Dais during the closing plenary

Delegates then addressed the remaining agenda items, including the provisional agenda for UNFF20.

Following the adoption of the report of the session and closing remarks, UNFF19 was closed at 5:34 pm EDT.

UNFF20 was briefly convened to elect by acclamation four Bureau members, with Ismail Belen (Türkiye), nominated by the Western European and Other States Group, selected as Chair for UNFF20-21, and Abderrahim Houmy (Morocco), nominated by the African Group, Javad Momeni (Iran), nominated by Asia-Pacific Group, and Andrés Napurí Pita, nominated by the Latin American and Caribbean Group, as Vice Chairs. A fourth Vice Chair representing Eastern Europe, Maria Sokolenko (Russian Federation), was elected by secret ballot.

Newly Elected UNFF19 Vice-Chair Ismael Belen (Türkiye)- UNFF19 - 10May2024.jpg

Newly-elected UNFF20 Chair Ismael Belen (Türkiye)