The United Nations works to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. Our promotion of sustainable forest management practises is based on the UN Forest Instrument, the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of key milestones of international forest policy. In 2007, the United Nations Forest Instrument was adopted by the UN Forum on Forests and subsequently by the UN General Assembly. The Forest Instrument articulates a set of agreed policies and measures at the international and national levels to strengthen forest governance, technical and institutional capacity, policy and legal frameworks, forest sector investment and stakeholder participation.
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.