The Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) occupied the same position within the UN system as the IPF, namely as a subsidiary body of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). Like the IPF, the IFF was an open-ended body, meaning any UN member could partake in its work, and like the IPF it spent considerable time generating proposals for action. Indeed, to all intents and purposes, it was the IPF with a new name and revised mandate. It met four times: October 1997 (New York); August-September 1998 (Geneva); May 1999 (Geneva); and January-February 2000 (New York). It reported to the 2000 session of the CSD.