Through the Oslo Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, ministers responsible for forests decided to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop a holistic legally binding framework agreement.

In fulfilling its mandate, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee builds on existing FOREST EUROPE Resolutions and Declarations and relevant international commitments relating to forests.

The working modalities of the Committee are specified in the Rules of Procedure.