International Day of Forests

High-level Opening Ceremony of the International Day of Forests 

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Date: 19 March 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 CET 

Virtual venue
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Modality: Interactive, moderated dialogue among the speakers

Moderator: Fiona Harvey, Journalist, the Guardian 

  • Screening of the International Day of Forests 2021 video spot

  • Opening remarks: Forest restoration is a key player in the path to recovery and well-being
    QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO

  • Every tree counts to restore forest biodiversity
    H.R.H. Princess Basma Bint Ali, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  • Pledging to regreen our continents
    H.E. Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Engaging and empowering people to sustainably use forests is a key step towards positive change
    Video message by H.E. Andrea Meza, Minister for Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

  • Restoring degraded lands at a huge scale
    Prof. Abdoulaye Dia, Executive Secretary, Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall

  • Screening of a video on FAO’s Action Against Desertification

  • Forest restoration for the well-being of people and environment
    Video message by H.E. Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor on Climate Change and Environment, Pakistan

  • European Green Deal: role of forests globally
    Video message by Ms Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner, International Partnerships, European Commission

  • Closing remarks
    Mette Løyche Wilkie, Director, Forestry Division, FAO

Master of Ceremony: Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO 

After the break, the special technical session starts and continues until 13:45. Interpretation will be available in the six official FAO languages.