United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat

The issue of forests has been a priority on the international policy and political agendas for the past 15 years. At the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) the forest issue was among the most controversial, polarizing developing and developed countries. After the Rio Summit in 1992, the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF), from 1995 - 1997, and the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) from 1997 - 2000, both under the auspices of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, were the main intergovernmental fora for international forest policy development in the eight years.

The UNFF was established by ECOSOCResolution/2000/35 as part of a new international arrangement on forests, to carry on the work of the IPF and IFF processes. The UNFF1 Report outlines the UNFF Plan of Action and Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW). The UNFF and its member countries rely upon the Collaborative Partnership on Forests for much of the technical background, analysis and implementation of the IPF/IFF Proposals for Action.

The UN Forum on Forests Secretariat supports the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and provides secretariat services to the Partnership.