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70th session of UNECE Timber Committee

16 - 19 October 2012

Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Participants in the TC session will be able to review,  discuss and contribute to a paper on forests and economic development, which synthesises and elaborates on the main studies developed by ECE-FAO in 2011-12 such as the state and outlook of European and North American forests and the Forest Product Annual Market Reviews. The final paper will be presented at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum of Forest in April 2013 and will provide an important contribution to the discussion on the subject taking place at the global level.
This will be followed by market discussions. These will focus on sustainable forest products and their contribution to the green economy, covering the broad market and policy developments related to innovative and sustainable forest products, and how they support a more environmentally friendly and stronger economy.
The Committee session will also welcome delegates from the European Forestry Commission to discuss three important issues for the future of the joint ECE-FAO work on forests in the region:
1.    The results of the 2013 Strategic Review of the joint programme of work and its supporting ECE/FAO bodies;
2.    The draft elements of the new joint ECE/FAO programme of work for the period 2014-17;
3.    The draft Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, which after several consultations with different stakeholders has reached an advanced stage and should be thoroughly discussed by the Committee and the Commission’s members in order to finalize it.
Finally, the meeting will discuss the organization of the European Forest Week (EFW)  in 2013, and hear about preparations of Metsä2013, the joint session of the ECE Timber Committee and the European Forestry Commission to take place in Rovaniemi , Finland, next year. The EFW and  Metsä2103 will address the importance of forests and forest products in a green economy.
Taking into account  the focus of this year’s TC session, representatives of the private sector are also invited to join the meeting to share experiences,  information and recommendations on the sector. The meeting will offer an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the forest sector in order to further promote and implement best practices for sustainable forest management and for a dynamic forest sector that could lead the transition towards a green economy. 

The invitation letter can be found here

Contact Paola Deda for more information.


1Annotated provisional Agenda (as of 24 July)PDF PDFPDF
2Forest and economic development in the ECE region (draft paper)PDFPDFPDF
3Market discussions (revised market discussion agenda) (Country Market Statements are here)PDFPDFPDF
4Review of activities since the sixty-ninth session and activities for 2013PDFPDFPDF
5Communications and outreach activitiesPDFPDFPDF
6Results of the Team of Specialists Internal EvaluationsPDFPDFPDF
7Results of the Survey on the ECE/FAO Integrated Programme of WorkPDFPDFPDF
8Secretariat's assessment of work and outputsPDFPDFPDF
9Inputs of the joint bureaux to the 2013 Strategic Review and the 2014-2017 joint programme of workPDFPDFPDF
10Action Plan for the forest sector in a green economyPDFPDFPDF
11Draft elements of the Joint Programme of Work of the ECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission for 2014-2017PDFPDFPDF
12Biennial evaluation report 2010-2011-Subprogramme 7: Timber and Forestry PDFPDFPDF
13Draft Strategic Framework for 2014-15PDFPDFPDF

Information documents

INF-DOC1Side event:"Resource Efficiency in the wood processing industry" - 17 October from 14:15-14:45, Room XIIPDFFile




Agenda itemPresentationsFileRecordings
2Report and recommendations of the workshop
“The green life of wood: assessing wood’s environmental impact from cradle to cradle”Elina WarstaPDF
3The contribution of forest to economic development
“The State of the Green Economy”,  Steven StonePDF
“Forests and economic development”Kit PrinsPDF
4Market developments
"Wooden Construction in Europe: increasing the use of sustainable building products”

Dieter Lechner

"Overview of forest products markets 2011-2012: findings from Market Review”

Matthew Fonseca

"EU Timber Regulation: Implementation and Enforcement"

Svetlana Atanasova

"CEPI’s 2050 Roadmap to a low Carbon Bio-economy”

Bernard De Galembert

"Wood Energy in the ECE region: 2013 and forward”

Francisco Aguilar

"Outlook and policy background of demand for forest products in China"

Ivan Eastin

"Innovation in the field of wood based products”

Douglas Clark

"Cross Laminated Timber"Olin BartloméPDF

"Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study”

Alexander Panfilov

5Review of activities since the sixty-ninth session

"Review of activities since the 69th session of TC” and “Activities of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section 2013”

Paola Deda



6Communication and outreach
"Activities on Communication and Outreach”Eve CharlesPDF
7Outcome of the ECE review process
“Outcome of the ECE review process”Paola Deda PDF
82013 Strategic Review
“Results of the self-assessment of the Team of Specialist and discussion of the last session of the WPFSEM”

Dominique Reeb

"Results of the general survey”Arnaud BrizayPDF
“Secretariat’s assessment of outputs”Roman MichalakPDF
“Outcome of the bureau retreat in April 2012 and meeting in June 2012”Rob BusinkPDF
9Action Plan
"The Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy"Arnaud BrizayPDF
"The Lviv Forum on Forests in a Green Economy vision and messages for action"Liubov PoliakovaPDF
10Outcome of Rio+20 and COFO
"Outcome of Rio+20 and COFO"Dominique ReebPDF
11Draft ECE/FAO Joint Programme of Work 2014-2017
"Draft ECE/FAO Joint Programme of Work 2014-2017"Heikki GranholmPDF
"Publication Programme"Paola DedaPDF
12Biennial evaluation report 2010-2011 and the draft strategic framework 2014-2015 
"Bienneal evaluation report 2010-2011 and draft strategic framework 2014-2015" Elina WarstaPDF
15Date and place of next session
"Metsä 2013, Rovaniemi, Finland,
9-13 December 2013"
Heikki GranholmPDF
Meeting Report

Registration and Information

Please mail Karen Taylor to register for the meeting.

Practical information for delegates can be found here

Information for visa application for Switzerland

Deadline for visa request letters with the Secretariat is 28 September


Photos courtesy E. Charles and A. McCusker.