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 to build their homes, as well as for livelihood, health, and food. Forests are also home to an estimated 80 per cent of all terrestrial species. On 7-11 May 2018, the UN Forum on Forests will hold its 13th session (UNFF13) at UN Headquarters in New York, to ensure that our forests are protected and sustainably managed.
Natural disasters, climate change hazards, food insecurities, water crises and public health risks – the threats facing our societies today are multiple and complex. How can new technologies and innovation play a role and increase our abilities to prevent and efficiently respond to different hazards? This topic will be in focus as Heads of State, ministers, parliamentarians, resilience specialists and inventors gather for the 2018 ECOSOC Integration Segment at UN Headquarters on 1-3 May 2018.