International Day of Forests

Turn around deforestation in 2020, the ‘Nature Super Year’, says Guterres

On the International Day of Forests, which falls on Saturday, UN chief António Guterres is calling for 2020, which has been referred to as a “nature super year”, to be the year that the world turns the tide on deforestation and forestry loss.

FIRST PERSON: The ‘inseparable bond’ between Hawaiian culture and native plants

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them.

Education critical to ensure future of forests, and reverse their destruction

The UN drew attention to the vital role that forests play in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges on Thursday, and the importance of tackling the issues that threaten them, such as deforestation, and land degradation.

News in Brief 21 March 2018

  • No justification for deadly Afghanistan bombing: UNAMA chief
  • UN agriculture agency (FAO) appeals for $236 million to support drought-affected cattle farmers in Somalia
  • FAO urges investment in urban forests
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FAO calls for “greener” charcoal production

Making charcoal manufacturing more efficient can help address climate change and improve rural livelihoods.

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Forests play “critical role” in protecting water

Forests have a critical role to play in protecting water resources around the world according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Eight out of ten people in the world have difficulty regularly accessing enough water.

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