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Forest Management Major Groups

DESA?s United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the main objective to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. Following intense negotiations, the Seventh Session of the Forum adopted the landmark Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests on 28 April 2007. The instrument is considered a milestone, as it is the first time Member States have agreed to an international instrument for sustainable forest management.

UNFF is open to all States and operates in a transparent manner. The participation of a wide range of forest-related stakeholders in the Sessions of the Forum is considered a key component of sustainable management of forests and welcomes participants from the Forest Major Groups.

The first column lists all organizations that are affiliated to one or more Forest Major Groups.

The second column displays the participation of organizations to the sessions of the United Nations Forum on Forests.

Major Groups Meeting participation
All forest related organizations 2121
Children and Youth 238
Farmers and Small Forest Landowners 165
Forest Business and Industry 64
Forest Workers and Trade Unions 18
Indigenous People 230
Local Authorities 52
Non-governmental Orgnizations 1038
Scientific and Technological Community 237
Women 79
2011: 9th Session 25
2009: 8th Session 2
2007: 7th Session 1
2005: 5th Session 3
2004: 4th Session 1