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About United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

Context:

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is organising a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) event as part of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) from 26-28 October, 2023 at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Relevance:

GS II: International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
  2. Country-Led Initiative (CLI)

United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF):

  • The UNFF is a global platform that advocates for the management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests.
  • It was established in the year 2000 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • The Forum convenes annually at the UN Headquarters in New York, bringing together representatives of all UN member states and forest-related agencies. It focuses on high-level dialogues about technical matters in odd years and policy matters in even years.
  • With universal membership, it comprises all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies.
  • India holds the distinction of being a founding member of the UNFF.

Country-Led Initiative (CLI):

  • The Country-Led Initiative (CLI) primarily aims to contribute to discussions within the UNFF concerning the implementation of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and the UN Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF).
  • It also seeks to facilitate the exchange of best practices among UNFF member States for the effective implementation of SFM and UNSPF.
  • In the current year, CLI will focus its discussions on thematic areas related to forest fires and forest certification.

 

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