The New York Declaration aims to reduce more climate pollution each year than the United States emits annually, and it doesn’t stop there. Forests are not only a critical part of the climate solution – the actions agreed today will reduce poverty, enhance food security, improve the rule of law, secure the rights of indigenous peoples and benefit communities around the world.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

About the Declaration

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The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a political declaration among governments, companies, indigenous peoples and civil society to halve the loss of natural forests by 2020, and strive to end it by 2030. Its ten goals also include restoring 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as part of a post-2020 global climate agreement. Meeting these goals would cut between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon pollution every year – about as much as the current emissions of the United States. The NYDF combines goals expressed in the context of a number of other global agreements; such as Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Article 5 of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Aichi Targets of the Global Biodiversity Strategic Plan, the 2011 Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020, REDD+, climate and forest financing pledges, and corporate supply chain commitments. These links provide an integrated approach to protecting and restoring forests, transforming supply chains, and improving forest governance.

About the Declaration

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a political declaration among governments, companies, indigenous peoples and civil society to halve the loss of natural forests by 2020, and strive to end it by 2030. Its ten goals (link to goals) also include restoring 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as part of a post-2020 global climate agreement. Meeting these goals would cut between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon pollution every year – about as much as the current emissions of the United States. The NYDF combines goals expressed in the context of a number of other global agreements; such as Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Article 5 of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Aichi Targets of the Global Biodiversity Strategic Plan, the 2011 Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020, REDD+, climate and forest financing pledges, and corporate supply chain commitments. These links provide an integrated approach to protecting and restoring forests, transforming supply chains, and improving forest governance.

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History

In response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for bold pledges to address climate change in advance of the UN Climate Summit 2014, an alliance of governments, companies, indigenous peoples and NGOs announced the New York Declaration on Forests - the first global timeline to slow and end forest lost.

The New York Declaration on Forests was endorsed at the 2014 Climate Summit by more than 150 governments, companies, indigenous peoples and civil society organizations committed to doing their part to achieve the Declaration’s ten goals and follow its accompanying action agenda. Since then, the number of endorsers has grown to over 190 and new endorsers continue to sign-on.

Although voluntary in nature, the Declaration was backed up by specific commitments to action including a supply chain revolution among major commodity traders; a pledge by indigenous peoples to protect hundreds of millions of hectares of tropical forests; new commitments from forest country governments to reduce deforestation or restore degraded lands; new bilateral and multilateral programmes to pay countries for reduced deforestation over the next six years; and new procurement policies for several of the largest forest commodity importer governments.

Launch of the New York Declaration on Forests at the 2014 Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters, New York City

Key Documents

NYDF - Action Agenda

Press Release - Launch of the NYDF Global Platform

 

 

 

Resources

  • The Declaration
  • NYDF Action Agenda
  • Endorsers

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