Organization-led Initiative of the CPF in support to the United Nations Forum on Forests 

Development of global forest indicators to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the IAF Strategic Plan

28-30 November 2016, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

@FAO/Giulio Napolitano

OLI Purpose and Objective:

The purpose of the Organization-Led Initiative (OLI) is to enable an open, informal, transparent and informed discussion on a common and concise set of global forest indicators supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the emerging IAF Strategic Plan. The outcome of the OLI will also contribute to further streamlining global reporting on forests, including the ongoing work under UNFF on streamlined monitoring, assessment and reporting on the implementation of the UN Forest Instrument and its GOFs, as well as the forest related SDGs and targets.

 The main objectives are:

  • to propose a common and concise set of global indicators for monitoring progress in achieving the forest-related targets of the SDGs and relevant goals and targets of other forest-related global processes;
  • to provide inputs to the development of a proposal on cycle and format for reporting;
  • to provide inputs and guidance to the process of developing FRA 2020 in order to ensure its continued relevance as a global source of forest information.

The OLI is a joint effort of all members of the Partnership. FAO, ITTO, UNCCDS and UNFFS are serving as the Steering Committee for the event


The OLI is open to all Member States, CPF members, representatives of international and regional organizations/processes, UN system organizations/agencies/programmes/commissions, other relevant entities and processes, including criteria and indicators processes, major groups and other interested stakeholders. Travel support for limited number of experts will be available, thank to the generous support from the Governments of Germany and Norway.

Outcome of the OLI:

The outcomes of the OLI are directly relevant for the implementation of ECOSOC Resolution 2015/33, in particular supporting the implementation of the IAF Strategic Plan 2017-2030 and monitoring of progress made on the implementation of the UN Forest Instrument, its GOFs and the SDGs. The OLI could directly feed into the discussion of the UNFF Working Group meeting in January 2017, and will be presented to the 12th Session of the Forum.