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Second informal meeting to discuss possible negotiation of a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe

27 - 29 January 2020
Room VIII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

At its 106th meeting on 8 July 2019, the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) considered a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic, Ms. Gabriela Matečná, transmitting the Ministerial Decision on Resuming the Negotiations of a Legally Binding Agreement on Forest in Europe developed under the Forest Europe process. EXCOM took note of the information provided and requested the Secretariat to organize informal consultations to consider the matter further.

In response to this request, the Secretariat organized the “First informal meeting to discuss the possible negotiation of a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe” on 31 October - 1 November 2019 (link). This first meeting made progress on the possible text on an EXCOM decision as well as the development of draft Terms of Reference of the UNECE Negotiating Group for a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe (FLBA-NG) (information note 1).

The second meeting will take place on 27-29 January 2020 in room VIII at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva.

Contact: Mr. Florian Steierer ( )


Information Document E
Provisional agenda PDF
Information note 1 PDF
Economic Commission for Europe Executive Committee 106th meeting, informal document No. 2019/29 PDF
Draft project proposal (forthcoming)  

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