Global celebration of forests
21 March has been declared as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly
This new global celebration of forests builds on the successes of the International Year of Forests in 2011, and provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “Forests are vital for our well-being. They cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits.”
The first International Day of forests was celebrated around the world through tree-planting and other community-level events, including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach.
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of DESA, along with Chinese government officials, launched the International Day of Forests in China at a ceremony in Beijing on 21 March, 2013.
International Day of Forests tree planting celebration in China with UN DESA Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo (left) Minister of China's State Forestry Administration Zhao Shucong and UNFF Director Jan McAlpine (right).
The International Day of Forests Resolution adopted by General Assembly resolution on 21 December 2012 (A/RES/67/200) [ Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish ]
DESA's United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat was designated by the General Assembly to facilitate the implementation of the International Day, in collaboration with FAO, Governments, and other members of the Collaborative Partnerships on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations as well as relevant stakeholders, including civil society.
The UNFF Secretariat worked with the UN Graphic Design Unit to develop a logo for the International Day, which was launched in time for the first celebration of the Day in 2013.
2013 Celebrations of the International Day of Forests
The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message on the 2013 International Day of Forests
UN News Center Story "UN chief, marking International Day, urges greater protection for world's forests"
The United Nations press release on the 2013 International Day of Forests
FAO Press release for the 2013 International Day of Forests
China's International Day of Forests web site | China's photos and press release