[Open Call for Delegates] 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14) in New York, United States from May 6th to May 10th, 2019.
The fourteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) will be held from 6th to 10th May 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. As outlined in the quadrennial programme of work of the Forum for the period 2017-2020, odd-year sessions will focus on discussions on implementation, technical advice and exchange of experiences while even-year sessions will focus on policy dialogue, development and decision-making.


The Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY) to the UNFF, is seeking individuals to join it at the 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests. This is the premier forests body of the United Nations. To learn more about the UNFF visit their website: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/

After kicking off with a Ministerial roundtable, this years’ negotiations will focus on the implementation of the ambitious UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030. Technical discussion and exchange of experiences on the thematic and
operational priorities, priority actions and resource needs for the period 2019–2020, taking into account the review cycle of the high-level political forum on sustainable development during the biennium and the theme of the International Day of Forests

This includes negotiation and agreement on monitoring and reporting, the guidelines for the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), as well as the communications and outreach strategy.

We’re looking for a diverse range of young and enthusiastic people with balanced representation across gender, nationality, and age. You may be from IFSA or any other organization which looks at forests, the environment or sustainable development.

There are two positions that you can apply to: Observer Delegates or Policy Delegates

Observer Delegate – Observer delegates can choose to spend the whole week at UNFF14, or just a few days.These delegates will commit to writing blogs and sharing insights (e.g. on social media) regarding their experience, but do not have to contribute to policy statements and reports.

Policy Delegate – Policy delegates will have the opportunity and responsibility for supporting preparations for UNFF14, contributing to writing statements, and potentially making interventions. These delegates will commit to attending the full week of UNFF14.

MGCY UNFF will run a pre-conference training for selected delegates before UNFF14.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail UNFF MGCY at unff.ip@ifsa.net

The deadline to apply is 23:59 GMT on 17th February 2019. We’ll get back to shortlisted participants by 25th of February 2019. We are looking forward to your applications.

Confidentiality note: This form and information in it are provided by the applicant in confidence, for the sole purpose of the application process, and may not be disclosed to any third party or used for any other purposes besides the ones mentioned in the form, without the express written permission of the applicant.

Email address *
First and Surname (as it appears in your passport) *
Gender *
Age *
Nationality (as it appears in your passport) *
Passport Number *
Study program / Occupation *
Current location (Town & Country) *
Funding: Unfortunately, UNFF MGCY and IFSA do not have funding to assist with costs pertaining to participant travel, visa and accommodation. Fundraising and costs incurred as a result of this meeting are the sole responsibility of the delegate. Do you have funding to attend this event ? *
Position applying to *
Please detail your experience in international forest policy. (Max 200 words) *
Please review the provisional agenda to the meeting and share your thoughts and ideas on how youth participation can enhance and contribute to an agenda item that you find most interesting. (Max 200 words). Link to the agenda: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/unff14/index.html *
CV *
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