UNFF News Archive

UN Forum to highlight forests’ fundamental role in supporting healthy, resilient societies

Throughout history, people have depended on forests and trees for the vital resources they provide, to sustain economies, societies and human well-being. It is estimated that the economic value of ecosystem services provided by forests globally could be worth as much as US$16.2 trillion. Billions of people rely on forests to generate energy, for materials […]


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UN Secretary-General’s remarks at Tree-planting ceremony on the International Day of Forests

It is a pleasure to be here to mark this day as part of the Netherlands’ Presidency of the Security Council. High-level debates in the Security Council may sometimes seem divorced from grassroots issues. Today, we are literally looking at grassroots. I was supposed to get my hands dirty, but circumstances did not allow it, […]


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Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

A United Nations meeting on sustainable management of forests today discussed the importance of mobilizing resources from a diverse range of actors to ensure broad ownership as well as to advance the overall sustainable development agenda. “By far the greatest source of forest financing has been – and will continue to be – from commercial […]


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Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened today at United Nations Headquarters. The six forest goals and 26 associated targets, all to […]


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UN: More sustainably managed forests would help meet energy needs of 1/3 of world population

March 21, New York – Expanding the area of sustainably managed forests, especially in developing countries, is essential to meet the energy needs of billions of people who still use wood fuel as their energy source, according to United Nations officials and forest experts at an event held today marking the International Day of Forests. […]


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International Day highlights forests’ role in sustainable energy

Until the advent of fossil fuels, for thousands of years, wood was the primary source of energy for human populations. Today, over 2 billion people worldwide, in rural and urban areas, still rely on wood for their primary energy needs. Wood constitutes the primary source of energy for cooking and heating in many developing countries, […]


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Landmark target set to increase world’s forests by 120 MN ha by 2030

New York, 23 January –Countries reached agreement last Friday on a plan that would significantly improve the outlook for the world’s forests, including a target that would expand the world’s forests by 120 million hectares—an area about the size of South Africa—by 2030. The agreement, on the first-ever UN Strategic Plan for Forests, was forged […]


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Six Global Forest Goals agreed at UNFF Special Session

On 20 January 2017, the Special Session of the UN Forum on Forests adopted the recommendations of the Working Group of the Forum, which featured the first ever UN Strategic Plan for Forests. The UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 provides a global framework for actions at all levels to sustainably manage all types of […]


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UNFF Working Group and Special Session

On 8 December 2016, the Co-Chairs of the Working Group of the UN Forum on Forests, Ambassador Gholamhossein Dehghani (Islamic Republic of Iran) and Ambassador Hans Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) transmitted their revised proposals on the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (2017-2030) and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020. These revised […]


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UNFF input to the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Bureau of the 12th session of the UN Forum on Forests was invited to provide input to the 2016 meeting of the HLPF which is scheduled to take place 11 – 20 July 2016 at UNHQ, New York. HLPF in 2016 is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. […]


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