Global Forest Goals Report 2021

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The Global Forest Goals Report 2021 is the first evaluation of where the world stands in implementing the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2030, providing a snapshot of actions being taken for forests, while stressing that it is necessary to meet the 2030 deadline in the Plan. The report finds that while the world had been making progress in key areas such as increasing global forest area through afforestation and restoration, these advances are also under threat from the worsening state of our natural environment.


The world is combatting unprecedented, worldwide crises on multiple fronts, from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, to the escalating impacts of climate change and a biodiversity crisis. For each of these complex global challenges, forests and forest-dependent people are both a casualty and an important part of the solution.


The report has been produced in two versions: the full report provides an overview of progress towards the Global Forest Goals, including country actions taken, infographics, and success stories; and a shorter “Overview of Progress” version which highlights overall progress towards each of the six Global Forest Goals.


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In 2018, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) requested the UNFF Secretariat to prepare a concise flagship publication on progress towards the six Global Forest Goals of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030.

The report draws upon 52 Voluntary National Reports and 19 Voluntary National Contributions, representing 75% of forests in the world. This information was supplemented with quantitative and bio-physical data primarily from FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020.

The Informal Advisory Group (IAG) was created in 2019 through the UNFF15 Bureau to provide advice on the development and production of the Global Forest Goals Report.