This annotated agenda provides guidance for delegates to the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Joint Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management (Joint Working Party) on the structure of the meeting and main topics to be discussed. The meeting will exceptionally allow for extended online participation due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its associated public health concerns and constraints.
The Joint Working Party will be invited to provide guidance on the implementation of all areas of the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work 2018-2021, supervise the work of Teams of Specialists and facilitate the exchange of information on their work, and identify priorities for action and relevant emerging issues. The Joint Working Party will suggest priorities and specific recommendations to the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission for consideration. The Joint Working Party shall, for each Work Area, on the basis of the background documents prepared by the secretariat, review and comment on the activities undertaken during the past year, the current year and the plans for the forthcoming year.
Information on work delivered by the secretariat since the forty-first session of the Joint Working Party can be found in the meeting documents, to be made available on the website of the Forestry and Timber Section prior to the meeting (https://unece.org/forests/jwpfsem2021).
In addition to the review of the work accomplished, this year’s session of the Joint Working Party will discuss the Strategic Review of the Integrated Programme of Work, with a focus on possible activities and areas covered by the Teams of Specialists in the next Integrated Programme of Work (2022-2025).