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New York Hosted the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

The UN Forum on Forests met for the 11th time, which got involved environment ministers of UN member states. They discussed the issues of the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests and woodlands and specific steps in this direction for the period beyond 2015.

Forests cover almost 31 percent of the Earth’s land surface, and cover about 4 billion hectares. Forests play a central role in the process of carbon exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, and contribute greatly to the reduction of poverty. Deforestation of the Earth as a result of deforestation, degradation and fires are the concern of the entire international community.

UN Forum on Forests is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It was established in 2000.

Addressing the delegates of the meeting, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Martin Sajdik stressed that forest protection is an integral part of efforts to promote sustainable development in the world. “The future international arrangement on forests should be aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forests and avoided deforestation,” said Martin Sajdik. He said on the need to mobilize political support and financial resources to achieve these goals.

Permanent Representative stressed that the issue of forest management should be reflected in the agenda of development for the period beyond 2015. “Powerful Ministerial Declaration of the 11th session of the Forum on Forests will no doubt be an important signal about the need to further promote the mainstreaming of forest and serve as a concrete contribution to the process of implementation of the agenda for development beyond 2015,” said the President of ECOSOC.

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