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'Made in Forests' - a short story on sustainable fashion

Want to learn more about why fashion is an environmental emergency and how forests can help? Stay tuned. On 16t July at the HLPF2018, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh will launch the video 'Made in Forests', a short story on sustainable fashion.

From 9 to 18 July 2018, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Member States, together with other agencies and actors, will affirm political leadership and review global progress towards the achievement of the SDGs. We want to use this important occasion to highlight the role of forests and forest products in achieving the SDGs. To stimulate the conversation, we will bring the long-standing UNECE/FAO and PEFC collaboration on Forests for Fashion to the Forum.

International Day of Forests 21 March 2018

This year's International Day of Forests had a special focus on Forests and Sustainable Cities; the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section joined forces with the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management as well as the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations (Geneva) to organize a panel discussion, showcasing unique ways in which forests "have gone vertical". A range of experts talked about "vertical" solutions to address the lack of space available for plants and trees associated with increasing levels of urbanization. The solutions discussed include vertical forests, vertical farming and vertical high-rise wood constructions. For more details, click here.

About the Forestry and Timber Section

In 2017, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) celebrated its seventieth anniversary.  In the same year, ECE and FAO celebrated seventy years of cooperation and joint effort in the service of forestry and people.

The joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section works with countries of the region as well as forest stakeholders—from forest owners, to businesses, to environmental NGOs—to address challenges related to sustainable forest management. This is done through organizing meetings to agree upon action to be taken, gathering of experts on specific challenges, events to raise awareness on specific forest-related issues, and by compiling and analysing data and sharing this knowledge through publications and other communication material.


The 4th European Forest Week was celebrated from 9 to 13 October 2017 all over Europe in conjunction with Las2017, the joint ECE COFFI and FAO EFC session

The Forest Information Billboards provides quarterly information on forest topics and relevant developments in the UNECE region.

UNDA Project on Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Проект Счета Развития ООН (СРООН) Системы отчетности для Устойчивого Управления Лесами на Кавказе и в Центральной Азии

The video “More Heat with Less Wood” was launched during the 38th joint ECE/FAO Working Party

The shared United Nations vision is of a wold in which all types of forests and trees outside forests are sustainably managed, contribute to sustainable development and provide economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits for present and future generations. (UNFF, strategic plan for forests 2017-2030)


European Forest Week Video ENG;
Polish version

Wood Energy Efficiency: More Heat with Less Wood ENG/RUS; Albanian version; Georgian version;
Turkish version

Role of Forests in the ECE Region: Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests

European Forestry Innovation: towards a Green Economy