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Global Platform on the New York Declaration on Forests

As of: November 2020

The international community has agreed recently to highly ambitious global goals for forests, including ending natural forest loss by 2030. Forests also feature prominently in several dozen national climate plans. The Global Platform on Forests (Forest Platform) assists developing nations implement these goals and plans. The project will promote implementation through multi-stakeholder dialogue. There is currently no other global platform that has the ability to pull together disparate efforts on forest restoration, supply chains and results-based approaches to reducing emissions (REDD+). To be successful, the Forest Platform needs to have broad participation and buy-in. This foundation of support enables it to assist nations and stakeholders in setting annual goals and work plans. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Advisers and Meridian Institute will help convene the Forest Platform and serve as its secretariat, building on past collaborations.

State of implementation/results

NYDF Communications and Knowledge Products:

  • Webpage was redesigned in 2019
  • The NYDF Twitter (@NYDF_Platform) gained 262 followers since Oct. 2019 with a total of 2,158 followers (31 March 2020).
  • Conducted a 5-year Endorser Perspectives Consultation consulting with 84 NYDF endorsers regarding the barriers preventing progress to achieve the NYDF goals and examples of endorser action, results in NYDF Endorser Perspective Report
  • Four new posts have been added to the NYDF Blog since Sept. 2019: Forest and Restoration Day: Nature’s Climate Hub (…), Momentum is growing for demand-side regulations on deforestation- here’s why regulation is an imperative (…), Grief, Denial, Anger and Acceptance as our forests burn (…), and What does the outcome of COP25 mean for achieving the goals of the NYDF? (…)
  • The NYDF bi-monthly newsletter showcases actions, reports news and events: 5 new Newsletter since Sept. 2019, 73 new subscribers joined since Oct 2019 for a total of 903 subscribers.
  • The NYDF Platform co-developed the Nature-based Solutions for NDCs Toolkit, which captures more than 100 tools on NBS that can support NDC enhancement.
  • Nine new NYDF endorsers: 2 companies: Yum! Brands and Lyreco, 6 new Indigenous Peoples Organizations: CCNIS, FIAY, Yiaku Laikipia Trust, ONIC, ANAPAC-RAC and REPALEAC, 1 NGO: Tribal Link
  • (Co-)Host of several Multi-stakeholder Convening & Dialogues (Finance for Nature Global Summit in May 2019, Forest and Restoration Day on 22 Sept. 2019, NYDF 5-year Anniversary Event, European Regional Workshop on International Climate Partnerships on Forests on 9 May 2019)


  • NYDF Five-Year Assessment Report (Sept. 2019) received widespread media coverage, including two articles in the Guardian, an article and three audio pieces from the BBC, coverage in Daily Mail, and in other outlets across India, Indonesia, Spain, Turkey, and Norway

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Partner institution(s):
  • Meridian Institute

BMU grant:
7.132.185,00 €

10/2017  till  09/2021

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