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Concerned about Forest Degradation, Ministers in Forum Commit to Sustainable Management of Woodlands to Reap Rewards of Poverty Reduction, Food Security

Forest Forum Heads into Negotiations on Draft Declaration, Resolution Setting Out Elements for Post-2015 Arrangement, Possible Global Fund, Technical Advice Body

Let’s Keep Our Commitment to Forests Alive,’ Urges Forum Chair, as Session Concludes with Approval of Comprehensive Text

Major Civil Society Groups Share Perspectives on Ways to ‘Champion Forests’ amid Contemporary Challenges to Durable Restoration, as Forum Continues

Taking Up Theme ‘Forests We Want’, Forum Speakers in High-Level Segment Call for Stable Financing to Staunch Erosion, Illegal Timber Trade

Time to Get Serious about Forests in Pursuit of ‘Balance between Man and Nature’, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Forum as Session Opens

Time to Be ‘Bold, Collaborative and Decisive’ in Elevating Forests in New Development Agenda, Forum Told as Two-Week Session Opens

International Forest Day: Forests Essential for Meeting People’s Needs and Tackling Climate Change


Concluding Forest Forum, Countries Endorsed Measures that Ensure Priority to Forest Issues in post-2015 Agenda

Concluding Tenth Session, United Nations Forum on Forests Adopts Consensus Texts on Economic Development, Forest Financing

Tenth Session of United Nations Forum on Forests Takes Up Reports on Emerging Issues, Post-2015 Development Agenda

As Forest Forum Session Nears Conclusion in Istanbul, Top UN Official Says ‘New Ground’ Broken on Range of Measures to Improve Sustainable Forest Management

Istanbul Ceremony to Honour Real Forest Heroes, Innovators and Champions

Working Group Co-Chairs Brief on Progress in Negotiations as United Nations Forum on Forests Holds Penultimate Meeting of Tenth Session

United Nations Forum on Forests Briefs Delegations on Status of Work at Tenth Session’s Midpoint, Looks Ahead to Next Week

Economic Development Critical Issue for Forest Sustainability as Countries Meet in Istanbul to Promote Health of World’s Forests

UN Forum on Forests Holds High-level Round-table Discussions on Socioeconomic Potential, Post-2015 Development Agenda

Civil Society Groups Urge Inclusive Forest Management Processes, as Tenth Session of United Nations Forum on Forests Continues

Opening Tenth Session of United Nations Forum on Forests, Turkish Premier Urges ‘Global Conscience’ on Managing Vital Resource

United Nations Forum on Forest Hears Briefing on Status of Trust Funds Supporting Its Work

United Nations, Observing First International Day of Forests, Celebrates Their Vital, Life-sustaining Role

Signing of ‘Historic’ Agreement Paving Way for Turkey to Host Tenth United Nations Forum on Forests Breaks New Ground


9 February 2012: UN wraps up year of forests by highlighting their social and economic value

27 January 2012: Interview (video) with UNFF Director Jan McAlpine on Sustainable Forest Management during the Country-led-initiative in Vietnam

January 2012: “Creating visibility for forests worldwide“, an interview with UNFF Director Jan McAlpine about the International Year of Forests.>


11 October 2011: UNFF Director Jan McAlpine talks about the impact of desertification on culture and advocates large scale reforestation.

21 September 2011: Forest policies in Rwanda, United States and Gambia win UN-backed awards

2 August 2011: Trees ‘speak out’ in UN writing competition to save forests


4 June 2010: Marking World Environment Day, UN sounds alarm on biodiversity | World Environment Day’s focus on biodiversity critical in spurring public conservation actions, says Director of UN Forests Forum

25 May 2010: United Nations entities join forces to address mounting pressures on forests, drylands amid efforts to ensure more effective implementation of sustainable land management


15 December 2009: UN Forum on Forests Secretariat and Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat enter into PartnershipMemorandum of Understanding (MoU)

13 December 2009: Forest Day 3 at COP15 , Copenhagen
– UNFF Secretariat co-hosts sub plenary on Forest Degradation and learning event on financing.
Forest Day 3 Co-Host, UNFF Secretariat facilitates financing for forests and climate change discussions
ENB coverage of Forest Day 3

30 October 2009: Special Session of UNFF9, UNHQ New York
– UN Press Release “United Nations Forum on Forests Approves Key Initiatives on Forest Financing
– UN New Centre “UN Member States reach agreement on financing of sustainable forests
IISD Linkages coverage of the Special Session

23 September 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the High-level Event on REDD, UNHQ New York
"Partnership of Developing, Developed Nations Must Respect Forest-Country Sovereignty, Support Indigenous Peoples"

4 May 2009: Concluding Eighth Session, UN Forum on Forests Calls For Urgent Coordinated Action to Combat Biodiversity Loss, Other Looming Environmental Threats

28 April 2009: Forum on Forests Considers Input by Civil Society as Delegates continue Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue with Major Groups

24 April 2009: Forum on Forests holds Mid-Session Review of progress in negotiations by Working Groups, considers Next Week’s Discussion

22 April 2009: Proposed Meeting to Discuss ‘Alarming’ Rate of Deforestation Draws Interest as Forum on Forests Concludes General Debate

21 April 2009: Forum Focuses on Potential Strategic Role of Sustainable Forest Management in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Measures

20 April 2009: Chairman Calls for ‘Breakthrough’ In Translating Concept into Reality as United Nations Forum on Forests opens Eighth Session

17 April 2009: As 2009 Forum Opens, Member States to Grapple with Funding for Forest Management in times of Changing Environment (Background Press Release)

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