2013 Celebrations – International Day of Forests

This new 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.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “Forests are vital for our well-being. They cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits.”

The first International Day of forests was celebrated around the world through tree-planting and other community-level events, including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach.

idf 2013 celebrations in china

International Day of Forests tree planting celebration in China with UN DESA Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo (left) Minister of China’s State Forestry Administration Zhao Shucong and UNFF Director Jan McAlpine (right).

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of DESA, along with Chinese government officials, launched the International Day of Forests in China at a ceremony in Beijing on 21 March, 2013.