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International Day of Forests

Watch the live webcast at 10 am EDT, 21 March! Come Join the Global celebration of Forests

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the 2014 International Day of Forests

This 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.

A special event on the occasion of the International Day of Forests will be held on Friday, 21 March 2014, from 10:00 to 13:00 in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (CB). The theme of the event is “Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development”. [Provisional Programme of IDF 2014 | Event Flyer]


DESA News Feature Video on "Celebrating forests for sustainable development" featuring Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA and Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General and Head of Forestry, FAO

How will you celebrate the International Day?

Activities expected to take place on the 2014 International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media.

Governments, international, regional and sub-regional organizations, and relevant stakeholders are encouraged to share information on their planned activities for the International Day of Forests by contacting the UNFF Secretariat at

International Day of Forests Resolution

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 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2013 message on the International Day

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