International Processes

International Processes

You can find on this page links to international processes related to forest or environmental sector. If you are interested in forest policy, do not hesitate to contact the IFSA International Processes Commission.

CBD – Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity, known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, is an international treaty that was adopted in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. The Convention has three main goals:

  • conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity);
  • sustainable use of its components; and
  • fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

In other words, its objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It is often seen as the key document regarding sustainable development.

Web page: http://www.cbd.int/

CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Web page: http://www.cites.org/

FPEN – Forest Policy Education Network

Seminars, Participation and Information about international forest policy

Web page: http://www.forestpolicy.net/

MCPFE – Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forest in Europe

The MCPFE is a high level political initiative towards the protection ans sustainable management of forests throughout Europe.

Web page: http://www.foresteurope.org/

UNCCD – United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The UNCCD is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.

Web page: http://www.unccd.int/main.php

UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

Web page: http://www.undp.org/

UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) coordinates United Nations environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and encourages sustainable development through sound environmental practices. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP also has six regional offices and various country offices.

Web page: http://www.unep.org/

UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992. The treaty is aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

Web page: http://unfccc.int/2860.php

UNFF – United Nations Forum on Forests

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a high-level intergovernmental policy forum, composed of all United Nations Member States.Its main objective is to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end.

Web page: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/