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The 8th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference in Bratislava April 2021

Monday, March 22 , 2021 211

"The Future We Want: The Forests We Need"

The Eighth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference shall address issues of the highest political relevance regarding the current challenges European forests and the forest sector face, including their role in climate change adaptation.
This intergovernmental summit, subtitled “The Future We Want: The Forests We Need”, is aimed to take political commitments by countries in Europe and the European Union on strategic framework and actions towards sustainable forest management in Europe for this decade.
The Eighth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference was planned to be organized in October 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia, and later it was postponed due to the pandemic of COVID 19.
However, as the physical distancing regulations and constraints, related to the pandemic, are expected to continue to impact the work of the international community also through the first half of 2021, the Ministerial Conference will be held in a virtual format on the dates 14 and 15 April 2021.

 

About FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences

The Bratislava Ministerial Conference is the eighth ministerial conference held under the intergovernmental forest policy process titled FOREST EUROPE (formerly MCPFE). The list of the previous seven ministerial conferences can be found here: https://foresteurope.org/ministerial-conferencies/

 

As usualy, UEF is deeply involved in this process and will attend this important conference.

Tomasz Markiewicz, UEF Vice President, will represent UEF at the Conference.

More information can be found on the Forest Europe website, using this link:

https://foresteurope.org/8th-ministerial-conference/#1470737489524-ea7cedda-396b

 

The permanent bureau of the Conference will officialy moove after the Conference from Bratislava to Bonn, in Germany.

 

The UEF Presidency

 

 

Programme

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

10:00-10:30    Opening of the Eighth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference
  • Words of welcome: H. E. Zuzana Čaputová, the President of the Slovak Republic (video message, tbc.)
  • Words of welcome: H. E. Ján Mičovský, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic and Chair of the Conference (video message)
  • Words of welcome: H. E. Julia Klöckner, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany and Co-Chair of the Conference (video message)
  • Key-note speech: Janez Potočnik, special advisor to the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
10:30-10:45    Presentation of the State of Europe’s Forests 2020 (whiteboard animated video)
10:45-12:30    Ministerial Roundtable 1: Adapting forests to changing climate
  • Interactive panel discussion with a professional moderator and panelists
  • Ministers’ statements
12:30-14:00    Conference break
14:00-16:00    Ministerial Roundtable 1: Adapting forests to changing climate (cont.)
  • Ministers’ and observers’ statements
  • Short video: Planting a memorial tree by Slovak minister
16:00-16:05    Closure of the first day
 Thursday, 15 April 2021
9:30-9:35        Opening of the second day of the Ministerial Conference
9:35-12:00      Ministerial Roundtable 2: Sustainable forest management – our joint answer to the vision of sustainable development
  • Interactive panel discussion with a professional moderator and panelists
  • Ministers’ and observers’ statements
12:00-13:30    Conference break
13:30-14:30    Ministerial Roundtable 2: Sustainable forest management – our joint answer to the vision of sustainable development (cont. if not finished before the conference break)
  • Ministers’ and observers’ statements
14:30-15:00    Short presentation and signature of the ministerial documents
15:00-15:15    Handing over FOREST EUROPE Chairmanship and Closing
  • Statement of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic
  • Statement of Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany
15:15-15:30    Conference break
15:30-16:00    Press Conference

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