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How do you inspire change? Throughout the International Year of Forests 2011, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and its partners asked just that, and responded by creating various incentives for active participation in sustainable forest management. Contests with the underlying theme of Forests for People were launched internationally for persons of all age groups. Learn more about them below.

For 2012, we’re proudly extending that goal with a bold new initiative that asks 200 million people, in 193 countries, to create and share their own films about how forests are important to them. Click to find out how you can participate in the Forests for People: UN International Short Film Contest. Entries are being accepted now.

Forest Heroes Programme & Award - Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1367/Pirozzi

Forest Heroes Programme & Award

Achieving a sustainable future requires passion, innovation and strategy, but more importantly it requires the effort of everyday people. Read More

WFC Future Policy Award - Photo © WFC

WFC Future Policy Award

In celebration of Forests 2011, the WFC collaborated with the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to honour the best in forest policy for the 2011 Future Policy Award. Read More


Children's Art Contest

Children’s Art Contest

This year, the Gabarron Foundation is partnering with the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat to celebrate Forests 2011 by making the theme of their international art contest “Celebrate the Forests.” Read More

UPU Letter Writing Contest - Photo © UPU

UPU Letter Writing Contest

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat partnered with the Universal Postal Union to organize the 40th international letter writing competition for young people. This year’s theme coincided with Forests 2011, prompting youngsters to imagine themselves as trees writing to people. Read More