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Forests a key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Heads of member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) discuss post-2015 vision on forests

Graziano da Silva speaking at a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)

6 September 2015 , Durban, South Africa (FAO HQ) – Forests have an important role to play in the future of sustainable development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here today.

The Director-General made his remarks during a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

Leaders of the CPF’s 14 member organizations met to define their vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era, ahead of the XIV World Forestry Congress that starts tomorrow in Durban.

The Director-General, in his capacity as Chair of the CPF, stressed the need to work in partnership to support sustainable development in a complex world and with limited resources.

“The main challenges humankind is facing have to be addressed in an integrated way: foresters are called upon to engage with other sectors to realize the full potential of forests,” Graziano da Silva said.

“This includes contributions to improving food security, eradicating poverty, improving rural livelihoods, preserving biological diversity and increasing resilience to climate change.”

Congress outcome

More than 3 000 delegates including a dozen ministers are gathering at the XIV World Forestry Congress to examine ways to strengthen the role of forests in sustainable development.

Today’s discussions will help shape the main outcomes of the Congress, expected to include a new vision for the future of forests and forestry and the people who depend on them.  The role of forests in improving food security and livelihoods, integrating forests and other land uses, and making forests a solution to climate change will be key aspects of the vision.

The Congress is also expected to issue messages on forests to the UN General Assembly for the implementation of the SDGs, and to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the new climate change regime.

About the CPF

The CPF consists of 14 international organizations, bodies and convention secretariats that have substantial programmes on forests including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Global Environment Facility (GEF),  International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the World Bank,

The Partnership works to promote sustainable management of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end.