News and Events

Since the first observance of the International Day of Forests in 2013, the Forum secretariat has been facilitating the preparation of messages from the Secretary-General on the occasion of the Day, as well as United Nations press releases on the Day.

USG Liu’s Message for the International Day of Forests 2019

The International Day of Forests provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the many values of forests, and to share our experiences on how forests and trees enrich our daily lives and communities around the world. The theme of this year’s International Day is Forests and Education. As we all know, education is a […]


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On International Day, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section releases 10 facts to fall in love with forests

GENEVA -The United Nations proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests of all types. Each year, events scattered around the world celebrate the contribution of trees to our life. Under the motto “Learn to love forests!” the focus for 2019 is on […]


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IDF 2019 highlights forests’ role in education for sustainable development

International Day highlights forests’ role in education for sustainable development Throughout human history, forests and trees have been connected to learning, wisdom and enlightenment. Forests and trees have served as outdoor classrooms, providing healthy learning-locations for outdoor-education and fostering environmental stewardship in children from an early age. Forests are among the world’s most productive renewable […]


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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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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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IDF 2017: US Forest Service blog post highlights Partnerships in Tajikistan

March 21 is the United Nations’ fifth annual International Day of Forests (link is external), and the U.S. Forest Service pauses to celebrate the importance and diversity of the world’s forests. Every year, the Forest Service commemorates this important day by celebrating collaborations with international partners to protect the health of forest ecosystems worldwide. This […]


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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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IDF 2016 Country Report: Ethiopia

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia celebrated the 2016 International Day of Forests on 21 March 2016 at an event held at the Harmony Hotel, Addis Ababa. Key stakeholders working in the forest sector in Ethiopia and staff of the Ministry participated in the celebration. A paper entitled “The National Context […]


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IDF 2016 Country Report: Japan

“The Green Earth Festival for the International Day of Forests 2016” was held in Metropolitan Tokyo Bay Area on March 26th 2016 under the auspices of the Organizing Committee comprised of 4 non-governmental organizations, namely, National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, OISCA Japan, the Forest Culture Association and NPO Forests and Environment Network Association as well […]


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UNDESA Voice: Forests essential to combat climate change

Ahead of the historic moment when world leaders will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at UN Headquarters on 22 April, Mr. Manoel Sobral Filho, Director of UN Forum on Forests Secretariat in UN DESA, explains how forests are essential to combat climate change. Why is it not possible to combat climate change and […]


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Celebrating International Day of Forests

Events organized to celebrate the International Day of Forests:

IDF 2017: US Forest Service blog post highlights Partnerships in Tajikistan

March 21 is the United Nations’ fifth annual International Day of Forests (link is external), and the U.S. Forest Service pauses to celebrate the importance and diversity of the world’s forests. Every year, the Forest Service commemorates this important day by celebrating collaborations with international partners to protect the health of forest ecosystems worldwide. This […]


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IDF 2016 Country Report: Ethiopia

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia celebrated the 2016 International Day of Forests on 21 March 2016 at an event held at the Harmony Hotel, Addis Ababa. Key stakeholders working in the forest sector in Ethiopia and staff of the Ministry participated in the celebration. A paper entitled “The National Context […]


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IDF 2016 Country Report: Japan

“The Green Earth Festival for the International Day of Forests 2016” was held in Metropolitan Tokyo Bay Area on March 26th 2016 under the auspices of the Organizing Committee comprised of 4 non-governmental organizations, namely, National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, OISCA Japan, the Forest Culture Association and NPO Forests and Environment Network Association as well […]


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