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Forestry and Timber


Timeline of the Forestry and Timber Section

The United Nations vision is of a world 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).

The joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supports developing evidence-based policies for sustainable forest management and communicates about the many products and ecosystem services provided to society while assisting countries of the region to monitor and manage forests.

Key areas of work

In focus

The 2020 celebration of the International Day of Forests will focus on Forests and Biodiversity.

The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests. Forests have been at the forefront of international discussions, from the 2030 Agenda to the Paris Agreement.

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) proposed that a central theme for the annual celebration of the International Day would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and decided on the 2020 topic. For more information, please click here.