Back to search results

Global Platform on the New York Declaration on Forests

As of: August 2019

Objective and activities

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
  • Organized and led a showcase webinar to introduce the NYDF.
  • The NYDF Secretariat launched the Global Platform for the NYDF website, the NYDF Blog, the NYDF Community of Practice, and the NYDF Twitter.
  • Multi-stakeholder Convening & Dialogues
  • Organized and hosted the NYDF ’Forests and Finance: Shifting private sector finance to accelerate forest action’ event during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) 2018 with more than 140 participants in September 2018 at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations.
  • Organized and hosted an NYDF side event and a workshop on forest-smart mining with 200 registrations from the extractives industry, NGOs and governments during UNGA 2018.
  • Developed video interviews with key company representatives from Cargill, Mars, PepsiCo, Mondelez, ADM and Olam on addressing deforestation along their supply in Washington DC in October 2018.
  • NYDF Assessment
  • Expanded the NYDF Assessment Partners, a coalition of research institutions and civil society organizations tracking progress towards the 10 goals of the NYDF, to 23 members in 2018.
  • Four new posts have been added to the NYDF Blog about 1) forest-smart mining, 2) accelerated finance for nature-based enterprises, and 3) indigenous women at the forefront of environmental violence 4) and indigenous rights as the pathway to a liveable planet
  • The NYDF Twitter (@NYDF_Platform) gained 437 followers since Oct 2018 for a total of 1,525 followers as of 20 Mar 2019.
  • The NYDF bi-monthly newsletter showcases actions, reports news and events and shares key resources: Nov 2018, Jan 2019 and Mar 2019, 50 new subscribers to the newsletter since Oct 2018 for a total of 744 subscribers.
  • NYDF GP will launch a 5-year Endorser Perspectives Consultation in April 2019 to gather information from endorsers about barriers and constraints preventing progress to achieve the NYDF goals.
  • NYDF GP partnered on the Marrakech Partnership side-event at COP24 on Land-use and nature-based solutions with 150 participants.

Further Links:

Project data

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Partner institution(s):
  • Meridian Institute

BMU grant:
€ 5,132,185

10/2017 till 09/2021