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SDG Summit: FAO announces launch of a CPF call to action for forests towards 2030

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Published: 14:14, 19 September 2023  
SDG Summit: FAO announces launch of a CPF call to action for forests towards 2030

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“Green should be the color of the future,” said QU Dongyu, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), during a high-level event at the margins of the SDG Summit dedicated to build momentum on the role of forests in contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Monday.

The event was organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), chaired by FAO, a partnership of 16 major global organizations within and outside the United Nations system with substantial mandates on forests.

At the meeting, the CPF launched the Joint Call to Action for Forests towards 2030 highlighting the need for increased action and political commitment to strengthen the implementation of forest solutions in pursuit of the SDGs and other global objectives.

Noting the efforts of the Collaborative Partnership in the past 20 years, Qu underscored that initiatives for ecosystem restoration, combating desertification, and expanding green areas and forest cover, are huge opportunities for the world and FAO stands ready to support its members in this context and promote further solidarity and cooperation.

The 2023 SDG Summit marks the halfway point in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs along with other internationally agreed-upon goals related to forests, such as the Global Forest Goals outlined in the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030.

Progress is not fast enough

Covering 31 percent of the world’s land surface, forests sustain livelihoods and produce wood and non-wood forest products, contribute to food security, combat climate change and desertification and conserve biodiversity and water. They also generate employment and contribute to human well-being.

According to FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment, we have lost 420 million hectares of forest through deforestation since 1990, and deforestation continues although the rate slowed from 12 million hectares per year in the period 2010-2015 to 10 million hectares per year in the period 2015-2020.

Progress towards reaching global goals on protecting forests is not advancing fast enough, as forests are still disappearing, climate-change impacts and biodiversity loss are increasing, and malnutrition and hunger are rising, all undermined by social and economic instability.