In October 2000, the Economic and Social Committee of the United Nations (ECOSOC), in its Resolution 2000/35, established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), a subsidiary body 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 based on the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of the IPF/IFF Processes and other key milestones of international forest policy.
As part of the new international arrangement on forests, ECOSOC invited the heads of relevant international organizations to form a Collaborative Partnership on Forests, to support the work of the UNFF and to foster increased cooperation and coordination on forests
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests was established in April 2001. CPF is the successor of the high-level, informal Interagency Task Force on Forest, which worked from 1995-2001 in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) and the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF).
UNFF-5 (May 2005)
The GFMC representing the UN-ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and the Global Wildland Fire Network attended UNFF-5 (16-27 May 2005) and organized, jointly with and co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, a side meeting: