At the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference held in Oslo on 14-16 June 2011, ministers responsible for forests decided to take further international action consisting of the elaboration of a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe and established an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) with the mandate to develop such an agreement. The work of the INC is governed by the  Oslo Mandate and the Rules of Procedure.

The recent, Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) was held on 10-14 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. The Resumed INC-Forests4 will be held on 7-8 November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the premises of the International Conference Center of Geneva. Latest version of the Draft negotiating text is available here.

After the completion of its work the Committee will present its results to an extraordinary FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference that will take place within six months of the conclusion of the negotiations for consideration, possible adoption and opening for signature.