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Forests UN Entities • •

United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF): Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF):

UN Observances •

International Day of Forests – 21 March: International Year of Forests 2011:

Selected UN Documents • • • • • •

United Nations strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 (E/CN.18/WG/2017/4, Annex 1): United Nations forest instrument (A/RES/70/199, adopted on 22 December 2015 2016): Non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (A/RES/62/98, 31 January 2008): “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): Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 - Combating Deforestation: Documents of the UN Forum on Forests:


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): Safeguarding forests will be essential to realizing Sustainable Development Goals, SecretaryGeneral tells Wildland Fire Conference (SG/SM/17220-ENV/DEV/1592, 12 October 2015): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): ‘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): 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): 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): Secretary-General remarks at press conference on Programme to reduce Deforestation in Developing Countries (SG/SM/11812-ENV/DEV/1007, 24 September 2008):


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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: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform – Forests: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – Forestry: o Regional Forestry Commissions: o Committee on Forestry: Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) - Forest Biodiversity: Secretariat of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) - Sustainable Forest Management: Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – Thematic Priorities - Forests: Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) o REDD Web Platform: o Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF): United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) – Forestry and Timber: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Ecosystems Management: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - The World Heritage Forest Programme: The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD): World Bank - Forests: United Nations Photo: International Year of Forests - Forests and People: UN Library Vienna Research Guide - Wildlife and Forest Crime:

Selected Publications available online • • • • •

FAO Forestry Papers: unasylva - An international journal of forestry and forest industries (FAO): UNECE Publications – Forests: UNEP Publications - Forests: World Bank - Forest Research Publications:

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