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United Nations Forum on Forests, Special session of the ninth session, Item 2: Means of Implementation for Sustainable Forest Management

Statement by Tony Fautua, Counsellor, New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations,30 October 2009

Let me begin by expressing my delegation’s appreciation to the Co-facilitators, Boen Purnama of Indonesia and Hans Hoogeveen of Netherlands for skilfully managing the informal consultations on the resolution on ‘means of implementation for sustainable forest management’. As a result of their efforts, combined with the flexibility shown by all delegations, we all successfully concluded the negotiations, which produced a consensus resolution adopted today.

New Zealand is willing to join consensus with the agreed resolution (E/CN.18/SS/2009/L.1) resulting from the 15 - 16 September consultations that were held in New York.  However, in joining the consensus, we have some concerns about what the process is from here which remains unclear.   

Specifically we have difficulty around what the wording of OP1 actually means in practical terms.  The wording of OP1 is unclear about the role and timing of the establishment of the open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group, how the ad hoc expert group will report back to the UNFF process, and its links with the facilitative process.

We do not wish to enter into detailed negotiations on Terms of Reference for the ad hoc expert group, setting out its scope, timing and responsibilities.  Nevertheless, we want to ensure that whatever follow-up process is taken by the UNFF, it must be transparent and inclusive.  It is also important that the process be led and driven by Member States.

In closing my delegation requests that our statement be included in the official record of today’s Special Session.

Thank you.

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