In October 2000, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), in its Resolution 2000/35 established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), a subsidiary body with the main objective to promote “… the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end…” based on the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of the IPF/IFF Processes and other key milestones of international forest policy. The Forum has recently adopted the first ever UN Strategic Plan on Forests from 2017-2030, which consists of 6 Global Forest Goals and 26 corresponding targets.
The Forum has universal membership, and is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies.
IFSA has the honor to represent the Major Group Children and Youth within UNFF and provides input and recommendations to strengthen the work of the forum and share the views of the youth.
Through our Blog we report live from the sessions to keep you aware of developments.
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The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is an open, transparent and participatory global platform for policy development, dialogue, cooperation and coordination on issues related to all types of forests. It was established in 2000 by the UN Economic and Social Council and is composed of all Member States of the United Nations. The UNFF works in the following areas:
- Promoting, monitoring and assessing the implementation of sustainable forest management, in particular the UN Forest Instrument and the achievement of its Global Objectives on Forests.
- Governance frameworks and enabling conditions at all levels to achieve sustainable forest management.
- Policy coherence and collaborative international policy development on issues related to all types of forests.
- High-level political engagement in support of sustainable forest management, with the participation of Major Groups and other stakeholders.
Another priority area is raising awareness of the role of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the broader post-2015 development agenda. An effective follow-up and review architecture will be critical to support the implementation of this agenda.
Through the UNFF Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network, the UNFF works to facilitate access to financing for forests, including by promoting the design of national forest financing strategies and assisting in the formulation of projects and programmes.
The UNFF is part of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), which also includes Member States of the UNFF, the UNFF Secretariat, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), the UNFF Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and the Forum Trust Fund.