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Global Platform on the New York Declaration on Forests

As of: November 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 high-level 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.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Partner institution(s):
  • Meridian Institute

BMU grant:
€ 5,132,185

10/2017 till 09/2021