UN / FORUM ON FORESTS

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The Eighteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF18) kicked off today in New York to discuss the links between the Global Forest Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, flags at UN headquarters
2. Wide shot, Conference Room 4
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Zéphyrin Maniratanga, Chair of the 18th and 19th United Nations Forum on Forests and Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations:
“There's a need to bear in mind the fact that forests are not nearly reservoirs for biodiversity, forests are also a tremendous mean for carbon sequestration. Forests are also critical in the achievement of the climate targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
4. Med shot, audience members
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Zéphyrin Maniratanga, Chair of the 18th and 19th United Nations Forum on Forests and Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations:
“Given the current global challenges, forests offer solutions to many of those global challenges. In this regard, let us individually and collectively show our firm determination because tomorrow will be too late. Far too late for me, for you, too late for your beautiful countries, my beautiful country, too late for regions throughout the world and too late for the international community.”
6. Wide shot, Conference Room 4
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Lachezara Stoeva, President of the seventy-eight President of the Economic and Social Council and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations:
“A green economy that offers decent employment in the forestry sector helps to do achieve the SDGs one, eight and 10, namely on poverty, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality. The income generated from decent forest jobs may contribute to the provision of quality education, SDG4, or promote gender equality, which is SDG5.”
8. Close up, Chair of the Chair of the 18th and 19th United Nations Forum on Forests
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations:
“At the halfway point of implementing the 2030 Agenda on SDGs and the United Nations Strategic Plan for the Forests 2030, we must draw attention to the critical importance of a forest and sustainable forest management in eradicating poverty, meeting people's basic needs and tackling global challenges. Addressing the frustration and promoting sustainable forest management must therefore be a central part of our accelerated efforts to achieving the SDGs.”
10. Wide shot, Conference Room 4

STORYLINE:

The Eighteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF18) kicked off today in New York to discuss the links between the Global Forest Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Opening the meeting on Monday (8 May), the Chair of the 18th and 19th sessions of the Forum, Burundi’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Zéphyrin Maniratanga, said, “There's a need to bear in mind the fact that forests are not nearly reservoirs for biodiversity, forests are also a tremendous mean for carbon sequestration. Forests are also critical in the achievement of the climate targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.”

The chair also noted that “given the current global challenges, forests offer solutions to many of those global challenges.”

“In this regard, let us individually and collectively show our firm determination because tomorrow will be too late. Far too late for me, for you, too late for your beautiful countries, my beautiful country, too late for regions throughout the world and too late for the international community,” said Maniratanga.

Also addressing the Forum, the President of the 78th President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lachezara Stoeva, noted that “a green economy that offers decent employment in the forestry sector helps to do achieve the SDGs one, eight and 10, namely on poverty, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality.”

According to Stoeva, “the income generated from decent forest jobs may contribute to the provision of quality education, SDG4, or promote gender equality, which is SDG5.”

Li Junhua, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, noted, “At the halfway point of implementing the 2030 Agenda on SDGs and the United Nations Strategic Plan for the Forests 2030, we must draw attention to the critical importance of a forest and sustainable forest management in eradicating poverty, meeting people's basic needs and tackling global challenges.”

“Addressing the frustration and promoting sustainable forest management must therefore be a central part of our accelerated efforts to achieving the SDGs,” concluded Junhua.
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