International Negotiating Committee (INC) for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe. Noel Holleran, Stephen Fitzpatrick International Forest Policy
The Story so far....Negotiating Sessions • Three sessions of INC to date • Vienna (February/March 2012) • Bonn (September 2012) • Antalya (January 2013) • The most Recent in Antalya INC 3 • To be continued ....
Saint Petersburg April 3rd - 5th , 2013INC 3 Resumed • EU and MS Coordination • Plenary Sessions • Informal consultations and Contact Groups with specific tasks may be established • Legal Group working in Parallel • Draft Organisation of Work made available to EU & MS by INC Bureau member
INC 3 Resumed Further discussion on Draft Negotiating Text (DNT) • Content and Structure of Text • Day 1 – Objectives, Principles and General Provisions; Structure of Text; Finance; UN Umbrella • Day 2 – Compliance; Rules, Bodies and Procedures; Annex on Arbitration; Terms and Definitions; Report of the Legal Group; UN Umbrella; Institutional arrangements; Roadmap for the negotiating process to INC4 and Forest Europe Extraordinary Ministerial Conference • Day 3 – Pending paragraphs in the DNT; Report of the Session
Main issues remaining - 1 • Structure of the DNT • Terms and Definitions • Reporting and Monitoring Provisions • Compliance Provisions
Main issues remaining - 2 • Finance arrangements • Secretariat – Joint, Interim, Permanent, Location • UN Umbrella issue • Entry into Force/ Triggering mechanisms • Arbitration Annex
INC-Forests beyond St Petersburg • Updated Roadmap • INC 4 Warsaw - June 10th -14th , 2013 • Beyond Warsaw.....and the Extraordinary Forest Europe Ministerial Conference in late 2013 • Trust Fund • Depository
Interim Period after Ministerial • Adoption of the Agreement • Signatures • Instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession • Entry into Force etc.
Thank You • Discussion