Using their talents and influence, a number of celebrities have participated in the International Year of Forests events. By becoming FAO Goodwill Ambassadors, they have committed themselves personally and professionally to address the universal humanitarian goals that underpin FAO's mission - to build a food-secure world for present and future generations. In this video, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carl Lewis and Anggun support the International Year of Forests.
Olympic track legend Carl Lewis ended a two-day visit to Haiti where he saw for himself reforestation efforts to help the country protect itself against flash floods and mudslides as hurricane season begins. Lewis's visit was planned to mark the UN's celebration of the International Year of Forests and followed a similar trip to the neighboring Dominican Republic. He also participated in the Future Policy Awards ceremony in New York, where FAO-supported forest policies in Gambia won silver, as one of the world's most inspiring and innovative forest policies.
Indonesian singer Anggun concluded a mission to Indonesia during which she visited a forestry site and the FAO Representation offices in Jakarta to discuss reforestation activities in the coastal areas affected by the tsunami disaster.