United Nations Forum on Forests

The Forum on Forests United Nations ( engl. United Nations Forum on Forests, UNFF ) is a in October 2000 by ECOSOC, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations was founded and it subordinate body with the objective, principles for sustainable forest management at the global level to. draw


With his goal UNFF follows adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED ) in Rio in 1992 Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles was also approved there, the Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 on combating deforestation, and the results of its predecessor organizations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF ) and the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF ). This chatted between 1995 and 2000 the global forest dialogue and reached at the end of the development of 270 policy proposals, known as the IPF / IFF Proposals for Action to management, conservation and sustainable use of all types of forests.

At its sixth session from 13 to 24 February 2006 in New York, the delegates could not agree on a completion of the originally applied only to 2005 Forest Forum. In 2005, the negotiations failed mainly due to the question of whether a global agreement to protect the world's forests should have legally binding or non-binding nature. This question can not be answered conclusively in 2006 when a legally binding contract, mainly due to the opposition of Brazil had also become very unlikely.

The seventh meeting (UNFF -7) from 16 to 24 April 2007, it reached agreement on a legally non-binding agreement. At the same time a multiannual work program was adopted ( MYPOW - Multi- Year Programme of Work ), under which the achievement of the four main objectives of the indicative Convention and its implementation should be ensured. For this to take place to UNFF - 11 to 2015 sessions UNFF -8.


The UNFF is a permanent institution. Therefore, a Secretariat in New York will entertain for the forum.

Involved in the process are all the States on whose territory is located in the forest. In his capacity as a dialogue with all stakeholders of the Company participate in many stakeholders, which are organized into eight main groups (Major Groups).