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Forests UN Entities • •

United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF): http://www.un.org/esa/forests/index.html Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF): http://www.cpfweb.org/

UN Observances •

International Day of Forests – 21 March: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/ http://www.un.org/esa/forests/outreach/international-day-offorests/ http://www.fao.org/forestry/international-day-of-forests/en/ International Year of Forests 2011: http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/ http://www.fao.org/forestry/iyf2011/en/

Selected UN Documents • • • • • •

United Nations strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 (E/CN.18/WG/2017/4, Annex 1): http://undocs.org/E/CN.18/WG/2017/4 United Nations forest instrument (A/RES/70/199, adopted on 22 December 2015 2016): http://undocs.org/A/RES/70/199 Non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (A/RES/62/98, 31 January 2008): http://undocs.org/A/RES/62/98 “Forest Principles” (Non-legally Binding Authoritative Statement of Principles for a Global Consensus on the Management, Conservation and Sustainable Development of All Types of Forests (1992): http://www.un.org/documents/ga/conf151/aconf15126-3annex3.htm Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 - Combating Deforestation: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf Documents of the UN Forum on Forests: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/documents/index.html


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Selected Statements and Speeches of UN Officials • • • • • • • •

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Secretary-General warns two thirds of global population could face water-stressed conditions within next decade, in Message for International Forests Day (SG/SM/17610-ENV/DEV/1641OBV/1589, 18 March 2016): http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sgsm17610.doc.htm Safeguarding forests will be essential to realizing Sustainable Development Goals, SecretaryGeneral tells Wildland Fire Conference (SG/SM/17220-ENV/DEV/1592, 12 October 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm17220.doc.htm In Message for World Congress, Secretary-General says upholding health of forests among greatest challenges facing present, future generations (SG/SM/17052-ENV/DEV/1551, 7 September 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm17052.doc.htm Time to get serious about forests in pursuit of ‘balance between man and Nature’, Deputy Secretary-General tells Forum as session opens (DSG/SM/864-ENV/DEV/1514, 4 May 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/dsgsm864.doc.htm Secretary-General, on International Day of Forests, stresses investment, smart policies essential for building sustainable, climate-resilient future (SG/SM/16597-ENV/DEV/1494OBV/1435, 16 March 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm16597.doc.htm Awareness must be coupled with concrete action to protect vital forests, Secretary-General stresses in Message for International Observance (SG/SM/15706-ENV/DEV/1415-OBV/1305, 13 March 2014): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2014/sgsm15706.doc.htm Deforestation fell almost 20 per cent in past decade, Secretary-General says in Message for International Day of Forests (SG/SM/14888-ENV/DEV/1339-OBV/1193, 20 March 2013): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sgsm14888.doc.htm Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Forests: Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, UnderSecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (9 February 2012, New York): http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/usg/statements/uncategorized/2012/02/ international-year-of-forests-closing-3.html Secretary-General, in Remarks at Durban Side Event, Stresses Need for Partnerships to Reduce Deforestation, Promote ‘Green’ Growth (SG/SM/14005-ENV/DEV/1248, 7 December 2011): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sgsm14005.doc.htm Secretary-General, in message, urges all to re-commit to management, conservation, sustainable development of all types of forests for ‘Our Collective Future’ (SG/SM/13580ENV/DEV/1216-OBV/995, 18 May 2011): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2011/sgsm13580.doc.htm Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on the occasion of the global launch of the International Year of Forests (New York, 2 February 2011): http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/statements/forests20211.shtml 2011 International Year of Forests creates platform to educate about forests’ value — social, environmental costs of losing them, Secretary-General Says (SG/SM/13384-ENV/DEV/1189OBV/960, 2 February 2011): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2011/sgsm13384.doc.htm ‘Time for global action to protect forests is now, Secretary-General tells ‘Avoided Deforestation Partners’ Event at Cancun Climate Change Conference (SG/SM/13306-ENV/DEV/1173, 8 December 2010): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/sgsm13306.doc.htm Secretary-General, in message, praises Scientific Union for playing essential role in strengthening long-term political commitment to sustainable forest management (SG/SM/13072-ENV/DEV/1152, 26 August 2010): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/sgsm13072.doc.htm Partnership of developing, developed nations must respect forest-country sovereignty, support indigenous peoples, Secretary-General tells High-Level Event (SG/SM/12481-ENV/DEV/1078, 23 September 2009): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sgsm12481.doc.htm Secretary-General remarks at press conference on Programme to reduce Deforestation in Developing Countries (SG/SM/11812-ENV/DEV/1007, 24 September 2008): http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sgsm11812.doc.htm


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Further information •

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Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/biodiversity/ https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg15 Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform – Forests: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=219 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – Forestry: http://www.fao.org/forestry/en/ o Regional Forestry Commissions: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/ o Committee on Forestry: http://www.fao.org/forestry/cofo/en/ Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) - Forest Biodiversity: http://www.cbd.int/forest/ Secretariat of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) - Sustainable Forest Management: http://www.thegef.org/topics/sustainable-forest-management Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – Thematic Priorities - Forests: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/ThematicPriorities/Forest/Pages/default.aspx Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) o REDD Web Platform: http://redd.unfccc.int/ o Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF): http://unfccc.int/methods_and_science/lulucf/items/1084.php United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) – Forestry and Timber: http://www.unece.org/forests/ United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Ecosystems Management: http://web.unep.org/ecosystems/ United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - The World Heritage Forest Programme: http://whc.unesco.org/en/forests The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD): http://www.un-redd.org/ World Bank - Forests: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/forests United Nations Photo: International Year of Forests - Forests and People: https://un4.me/2nVoNXh UN Library Vienna Research Guide - Wildlife and Forest Crime: http://libraryresearch.unvienna.org/wildlifecrime

Selected Publications available online • • • • •

FAO Forestry Papers: http://www.fao.org/forestry/publications/en/ unasylva - An international journal of forestry and forest industries (FAO): http://www.fao.org/forestry/unasylva/en/ UNECE Publications – Forests: http://www.unece.org/forests/publications.html UNEP Publications - Forests: http://web.unep.org/publications/ World Bank - Forest Research Publications: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/forests/research

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