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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Forests


Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive:

5 things you need to know about forests and the UN (10 May 2019):


UN Entities


UN Observances


Selected UN Documents


Further information


Selected Statements and Speeches of UN Officials

  • As wildfires, heatwaves sweep globe, urgent action key to stopping alarming rate of deforestation, Secretary-General warns at Alliance for Rainforests Event (SG/SM/19755-ENV/DEV/1994, 23 September 2019): https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/sgsm19755.doc.htm
  • As forests are ‘lungs of planet’, tree-planting contributes to mitigating climate change impact, Secretary-General says at event commemorating International Day (SG/SM/18945-ENV/DEV/1837-OBV/1778, 21 March 2018): https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sgsm18945.doc.htm
  • Secretary-General warns two thirds of global population could face water-stressed conditions within next decade, in Message for International Forests Day (SG/SM/17610-ENV/DEV/1641-OBV/1589, 18 March 2016): http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sgsm17610.doc.htm
  • Safeguarding forests will be essential to realizing Sustainable Development Goals, Secretary-General tells Wildland Fire Conference (SG/SM/17220-ENV/DEV/1592, 12 October 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm17220.doc.htm
  • In Message for World Congress, Secretary-General says upholding health of forests among greatest challenges facing present, future generations (SG/SM/17052-ENV/DEV/1551, 7 September 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm17052.doc.htm
  • Time to get serious about forests in pursuit of ‘balance between man and Nature’, Deputy Secretary-General tells Forum as session opens (DSG/SM/864-ENV/DEV/1514, 4 May 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/dsgsm864.doc.htm
  • Secretary-General, on International Day of Forests, stresses investment, smart policies essential for building sustainable, climate-resilient future (SG/SM/16597-ENV/DEV/1494-OBV/1435, 16 March 2015): http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm16597.doc.htm


Selected Publications available online


Selected material available on forest / wildfires

February 2020
not an official document – for information only

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