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Forests and Fashion at the HLPF 2018

Find out more about the forest and fashion activities at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place from 9 to 18 July 2018 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 

2.5 million ha committed to the Bonn Challenge by the Caucasus and Central Asia

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 and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia, held on 21-22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

The meeting also adopted the Astana Resolution, committing the region to go beyond 2.5 million ha, and strengthen partnerships and regional cooperation to this end.

[Press Release] [Meeting website]

About the Forestry and Timber Section

Timeline of 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.

Highlights

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 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).