Achieving sustainable forest management remains a goal of the United Nations Forum — a global issue

of UNFF It functions as a body under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (eco socks) aims to support the goals of International Agreement on Forests (IAF) and to promote other international forest-related instruments, processes, commitments and targets.

At the forum’s opening ceremony, UNFF Executive Director Juliet Biao said the world is currently facing crises including numerous natural disasters, worsening climate change, conflict, and rising poverty and unemployment.

She believes that making a difference amidst these global challenges is global forest goals (GFG) has set a goal by 2030, but remains off track.

Mr Biao said countries needed to “strengthen political engagement and partnership” in support of the GFG to restore the goal.

“We want a world where forests of all kinds are managed sustainably. Healthy forests are a powerful natural response to most of the sustainable development challenges we face today. A world where it is recognized as a base solution,” she said.

Evaluate progress and identify gaps

Peter Gondau, interregional advisor for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said this year’s session, which runs until May 10, will see a review of high-level departments and the IAF in hopes of “taking stock of progress.” Said to be included. Identification of gaps in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the deadline of 2030.

“A key outcome is the high-level segment declaration and omnibus resolution, including the results of the mid-term review and the forum’s quadrennial work plan for 2025-2028,” Gondo said.

Support for small island developing states

UNFF19 will be held ahead of the fourth session of the Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) Occurred in Antigua and Barbuda from May 27th to 30th.

Each SIDS conference focuses on assessing the capacity for sustainable development in small islands.

Gondo said forests and trees are important to the health of SIDS.

He said forests contribute to the availability and quantity of fresh water, the protection of coasts from waves caused by extreme weather events such as hurricanes, the conservation of biological diversity, especially endemic species and genetic diversity, and the economy through trade. He said that it plays an important role in development. Timber and non-timber forest products.

Mr. Gondo is a loan network managed by DESA, Global Forest Finance Promotion Network (GFFFN) – has supported many SIDS with sustainable forest management (SFM).an integral part of 2030 Agendarecognizes that forests are important to life on land.”.

“This includes support in developing national forest programs and national forest financing strategies in line with national sustainable development frameworks, and strengthening the capacity of national experts to access forest finance from multilateral and other sources. included,” he said.

SIDS supported so far include Jamaica, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Dominica, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

triple planetary crisis

United Nations Climate Secretariat; UNFCCCwe have considered climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss as issues such as: The triple planetary crisis facing humanity today.

Gondo said forests play a “vital role” in addressing this crisis because healthy, well-managed forests help regulate the climate, purify the air, and provide livelihoods and food security. ”.

He said investing in forest-based solutions can provide “a cost-effective way to generate multiple biodiversity and social benefits”.

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