Committee on Forestry (COFO) 19th Session / World Forestry Week
"Forests in a changing world"
COFO 2009/World Forest Week Themes
Sustainable forest management and climate change
Sustainable forest management (SFM) is the core of the forestry contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Institutional change in a dynamic world
Who are our customers and what are their needs? Are these needs being met?
COFO 2009 Keynote speaker:
Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Climate Change
Throughout her political career, Dr Brundtland developed a growing concern for issues of global significance. In 1983 the then United Nations Secretary-General invited her to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). The Commission, which is best known for developing the broad political concept of sustainable development, published its report Our Common Future in April 1987. The Commission's recommendations led to the Earth Summit - the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
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The Committee on Forestry (COFO)
The Committee on Forestry is the highest FAO Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and, increasingly, non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.
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