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UN News -Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and […]


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DESA Voice Article: Forests play vital role in empowering people, promoting economic growth and combating climate change

It is estimated that 1.6 billion people, or 25 per cent of the human population, depend on forests for subsistence, livelihood, employment and income generation. Forests provide ecosystem services, such as timber, food, fuel, fodder, non-wood products and shelter – which are essential for human well-being. At the same time, they contribute to soil and […]


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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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UNFF Forest Events at COP24 SDG Pavilion

The UNFF Secretariat is organizing two events on 4 December and 13 December 2018, during the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland. The events will showcase forest-based actions to combat climate change through coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, […]


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Gathering Good Practices, Success Stories and Lessons Learned on Forests

In preparation for the 14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests in May 2019, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meetings in 2019 (under the auspices of ECOSOC and the General Assembly), Members of the UN Forum on Forests, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and its member organizations, UN system partners and […]


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Pre-HLPF event on Forests on 8 July 2018

A one-day pre-HLPF event on forests is being organized by the UNFF Secretariat on Sunday 8 July 2018. The event is entitled Forest-based transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies; lessons learned and success stories, and will be held from 10 am – 1:30 pm, in CR 6 at UN Headquarters in New York. The event […]


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UN Forum to highlight forests’ fundamental role in supporting healthy, resilient societies

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 […]


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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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