More than 40% of the worlds population is younger than 20 years old! So why shouldn’t this important part of the society have the right to speak up where crucial decisions for the future are made? Within IFSA, forestry students have the platform to represent the interests of youth and to create their own projects to implement sustainable forest management.
What can you do as student?In the end, institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank or your national government, are simply made up of people. And many of these people will be happy to listen to you, if you are well informed and in turn respect their views.
Head of the UNFF Secretariat
Through the International Processes Commission, IFSA tries to communicate the concerns of youth to the United Nations and International Policy institutions as to give especially forestry students the opportunity to learn more about the International Forestry Dialogue and to get active in the for forests and education relevant processes, as there are:
- United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) — www.un.org/esa/forests
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — www.unfccc.int
- Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) — www.cbd.int
- Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forest in Europe(MCPFE) — www.foresteurope.org
About this commission
Sub-Commission for UNFCC
The sub-commission UNFCCC is responsible for making young foresters aware about the potential and rules of the UN-Climate Process, especially the ones related to the forest field. Every year IFSA delegates attend the COP meeting, which is the biggest UN conference on climate change. Youth involvement is extremely important on climate change issues. Join us! If you have questions, suggestions or you would like to be part of this sub-commission, contact us!
Sub-Commission for UN CBD
As our main task, we have to keep contact with UN-CBD to get all of information related the program such as COP UN-CBD, help IFSA delegation to attend COP UN-CBD, organize and co-ordinate biodiversity events (local region).
Sub-Commission for UNFF
Serve as the bridge of communication between IFSA world and UNFF. In charge of everything concerning UNFF.
Sub-Commission for Forest Europe (MCPFE)
Our working group follows the process of Forest Europe – intergovernmental conferences on forests in pan-European region. The process is currently focusing on negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement for Forests in Europe, which will be first binding document covering all aspects of forestry at once. As IFSA students, we can participate there as observers and representatives of forestry students worldwide. If interested in the topic, feel free to contact us!
You can contact the commission by e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Or subscribe for the mailinglist by sending an email to: ifsaIPCemail@example.com
As IFSA represents the Major Group Children and Youth at the UNFF, we are supporting the inclusion of children and youth perspectives in the UNFF to help ensure forests are sustainably managed for present and future generations. Additionally, we are looking to further strengthen collaboration with other Major Groups to foster the implementation of the UNSPF and the Agenda 2030.
We are expanding on our previous fruitful cooperation with FOREST EUROPE after establishing a solid basis of communication last year. We support the work FOREST EUROPE is doing in connecting students to the Pan-European forest policy process, through joint communication and student internships and conferences.
I am honored to be Head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and my main task, along to the International Policy Commission, is to strengthen our partnership with UNFCCC by involving observer delegates in the most important climate change events: COP24 KAWOTICE, World Climate Change Conference, and many others.
I work on a collaborative team with IFSA and IUFRO focused on bringing together perspectives of students, educators, and professionals on education in the forest sector.
During the last year, we were able to gain UN Environment as a new and interesting partner who brings in new aspects as they give the potential to interact with interdisciplinary issues. Therefore, I will look after opportunities you can contribute to and of course, support your attendances during upcoming conferences or events. A personal goal of me would be to strengthen our collaboration and build a solid base with different interactions both sides can profit from.
My ambition for the UNFF work is to create a constructive framework for the exchange of information, interventions and ideas between members of UNFF MGCY as well as other children and youth organizations working closely with the UN MGCY.
I am the connection between IFSA members and the UN CBD. I provide information regarding events, workshops, and conferences that IFSA members can attend, and try to gain interest in biodiversity.
Broadly my role is to enhance the work of IFSA and partners on forest education by improving the outreach, research and focus that organizations and members spend on the topic. Within the Task Force, my role is to coordinate and organize activities of the TF, ensure that we reach our mandate and the successful completion of its 3 working packages which focus on the Global Outlook on Forest Education Study (GOFE), the Global Forest Information System (GFIS) and student training’s and capacity building sessions at IFSA and partner organized conferences.
Being the link between IFSA and FAO after a very successful year that has seen an increasing connection between both organisations, I will focus on strengthening this partnership by exploring new possibilities of collaboration and interaction. I will also encourage and support attendance of IFSA members at FAO events and conferences, making sure that IFSA members worldwide will receive updates and information on these new opportunities that FAO has for students and young professionals in forestry and related fields.