TitleReport on the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests
Decides that the main objective of the international arrangement on forests is to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitments to this end; decides that its principal functions will be to facilitate and promote proposals for action, generate financial resources, mobilize technical and scientific resources, provide a forum for policy development, enhance regional and international cooperation, monitor and assess progress at all levels and strengthen political commitment for sustainable forest development; decides to establish, as a subsidiary body of ECOSOC, an intergovermental body called the UN Forum on Forests which will consider, within 5 years, the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework on all types of forests; states the Forum's working modalities, organizational structure and programme of work; requests the Secretary-General to establish a compact secretariat at UN Headquarters in New York comprised of highly qualified staff; recommends that funding for the Forum and the Secretariat should be provided from the UN regular budget and calls upon donor Governments and financial institutions to make voluntary contributions to a trust fund to be established; decides to review the effectiveness of the international arrangement of forests in 5 years.
In: Resolutions and decisions of the Economic and Social Council, organizational session for 2000, New York, 27 Jan. and 1 and 4 Feb. 2000; resumed organizational session for 2000, New York, 28 Feb., 9 March, 3, 10 and 12 May and 16 June 2000; substantive session of 2000, New York, 5-28 July 2000; resumed substantive session of 2000, New York, 18 and 30 Oct. and 22 Nov. 2000 - E/2000/99 - p. 64-66 - (ESCOR, 2000, Suppl. no. 1).