UNFF9 Closes with Relative Success

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The 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) took place in New York City from January 24 to February 4. The Forum theme was “Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication”  and it addressed issues such as the International Year of Forests and means of implementation for sustainable forest management. The Forum included adoption of a Ministerial Declaration that acknowledges “the crucial role of local people, including women, and local and indigenous communities, in achieving sustainable forest management”, as well as a Resolution on Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication.

Reflecting on the Forum, a February 7 article in the Inter-Press Service also highlights the need for securing the land rights of forest peoples, recognizing customary tenure, and stopping the granting of mining and plantation licenses on community lands. Please visit IISD-Reporting Services for daily highlights and a summary and analysis of the negotiations.

9 February 2011

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