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List of Press Releases - 2018-10

Poland and UNECE raise awareness about the benefits of wood as a low-emission construction material at COP24 (12 December 2018)

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), taking place in Katowice, Poland, from 2 to 14 December 2018, is discussing global action to reduce emissions and keep global warming within the temperature limits of the Paris Agreement. While negotiations ...
UNECE/FAO starts first ever study on forests in the Caucasus and Central Asia (05 December 2018)

Forests are rare in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and, as any rare good, should be valued, protected and cared for. This is because as of today still little is known about their values and state. To enhance the knowledge of forests in this region the UNECE and FAO are preparing the “State of ...
UNECE forest product market discussions highlight potential for carbon storage, greening the economy and growing demand from Asia (08 November 2018)

Spruce, pine and fir are the main families of coniferous trees fueling the global forest products sector. They provide the raw material for just under 60% of wood products in the world. Products derived from these species are used as construction materials for buildings, for paper and paper ...
UNECE and Canada champion forest products for a more sustainable future (08 November 2018)

Innovative and sustainably produced wood products, when coupled with sustainable forest management, can ‘build the future’ and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In a sector like construction, which globally accounts for 6% of total energy ...
Paying for priceless values: forests’ role for water quality (05 November 2018)

Given the many threats to global water supply, forest management and planning will increasingly need to deploy strategies for optimizing watershed services – such as water purification, the regulation of surface flows, and erosion control. The services provided by forest ecosystems for water ...
Made in Forests: Eco-friendly "Star Threads” for Award-winning Actor Michelle Yeoh in new UN video (16 July 2018)

Malaysian-born film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh will attend the High Level Political Forum in New York today to put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.” “The ...
UN Alliance aims to put fashion on path to sustainability (13 July 2018)

The fashion industry has seen a spectacular growth in the early 21st century. It is now valued at more than 2.5 trillion dollars and employs over 75 million people worldwide. Between 2000 and 2014, clothing production doubled with the average consumer buying 60 percent more pieces of garment ...
2.5 million ha committed to the Bonn Challenge by the Caucasus and Central Asia (22 June 2018)

Over 2.5 million ha of forest landscape will be restored by countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia under the Bonn Challenge by 2030. The commitment was made by Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration ...
Wood energy is no sleeping giant, say UNECE/FAO experts (24 May 2018)

If we try to picture how humanity can “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by the year 2030” (Sustainable Development Goal 7), solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal plants, heat pumps, tidal power plants or other technical solutions come to mind. But ...
Countdown to the 2020 global and European forest assessments (07 March 2018)

Forests are fundamental to sustainable development, from their role as carbon sinks and the vital ecosystem services they perform, to the many wood-based products and renewable energy they provide. Monitoring the status of forests to ensure their sustainable management is therefore essential if ...