Committee on Forestry 2012
COFO highlights: Monday 24 September
Rome, 24 September 2012: Over 500 delegates, including representatives of United Nations Agencies and Programmes and observers from intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations, attended the opening of the Twenty-First Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and Third World Forest Week. Mr Anders Lönnblad, Chairperson of the 20th Session of COFO, opened the session and highlighted the timeliness of the topics to be addressed. He introduced the speakers at the Opening Session: Her Excellency Isabella Teixeira, Minister for the Environment of Brazil; His Excellency Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Minister for the Environment and Forests of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification; Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); H.E. Dr. Pieter Willem Mulder, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa; and Director-General of FAO, Mr. José Graziano da Silva. Mr Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, welcomed delegates to the opening session, noting how, with Member countries’ valuable guidance, FAO’s new strategic framework would enable FAO to unlock its full potential in all the areas of its mandate.
World Forestry Congress Agreement
State of the World's Forests 2012
Opening session keynote speakers:
Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO
Ms. Isabella Teixeira, Minister for Environment of Brazil, highlighted Brazil’s challenges and key initiatives and decisions after the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.
Audio online: Format: mp3 Duration: 4min.8sec
Mr. Hasan Mahmud, Minister for Environment and Forest of Bangladesh
Audio online: Format: mp3 Duration: 8min.54sec
In the atrium
Mme Bérengère Quincy with Mr Rojas Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry DepartmentSponsored by the French Government, the Forests for People photographic exhibition was opened by the French Ambassador to FAO, Madame Bérengère Quincy.
Opening session webcast