UN Forum on Forests highlights the linkages between global efforts on forests

International Institute for Sustainable Development
May 17, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) highlighted the interlinkages between the Global Forest Goals, the Global Biodiversity Framework, and the five SDGs under review by the 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July – SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The UNFF’s 18th session convened in New York, US, from 8-12 May 2023. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report of the meeting highlights the role forests play in mitigating climate change, combating soil erosion, and protecting watersheds, biodiversity, and key ecosystems. The forest products sector, ENB notes, can also be “a significant source of jobs, fuel, and income.” Yet, the ENB analysis of the meeting notes, “the rates of deforestation are still alarming.”

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