UN Forum on Forests
Forests play a role in poverty eradication, economy, health, food and water security, gender equality, climate change, biodiversity, and disaster risk reduction. The continued loss and degradation of forests is a grave cause for concern at the UN, and at the May meeting of the 11th UN Forum on Forests participants discussed how to integrate the forest-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the current policy framework, and especially how to strengthen collaboration at the regional level.
And in the corridors outside the meeting room, they are asking “How do we pay for it?” We hope that the answer to that question will come out of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa this July. In the meantime, your nearby forest is taking tons of carbon dioxide out of the air, vacuuming out air pollutants, storing water, providing food and energy, and preventing erosion, flooding, and mudslides. Have you thanked your local forest today?