The United Nations Forum on Forests was established as a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 2000/35 of October 18, 2000. Its main objective is to promote the management, conservation and balanced development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political cooperation. It aims to facilitate the establishment of an enabling environment for the implementation of internationally agreed actions on forests at the national, regional and global levels.
In 2015, the mandate of the Forum was revised and improved. In particular, the arrangements for financial support for sustainable forest management were strengthened. The existing mechanism was renamed the Global Forest Financial Support Facilitation Network. At the insistence of the representative of Ukraine, the precedent of financial support for sustainable forest management to countries with economies in transition was established.
In 2017, the Forum finalized and endorsed the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (the Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan was approved at the special session of the Forum in January 2017, UN Economic and Social Council Resolution E/RES/2015/33 and UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/285.
The Strategic Plan identifies 6 global goals and 26 related targets to improve balanced forest management on a global scale. The document is a framework and voluntary for implementation. In addition, the Strategic Plan defines implementation mechanisms, including voluntary commitments of the member states (hereinafter - voluntary national commitments) in achieving the global goals and objectives. As of 2021, 19 countries, including Ukraine, have announced their voluntary national commitments to achieve the global goals and targets. In 2020, the new operational program of work of the UNFF for 2021-2024 was revised and approved in 2021.
For more information on the work of the UNFF, please visit the Forum's website at http://www.un.org/esa/forests/.