Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It's a New Year...let's call it the International Year of Forests!

It’s a new year, and as we at Global Green Carbon launch our new blog, B.Green, we thought it would be appropriate to burst on the scene with some uplifting news for forests! What better than an international declaration which aims to build awareness, conservation and sustainable management for forests throughout the world!

The United Nations officially declares 2011 The International Year Of Forests
In an effort to build a greater understanding of not only one of the major causes of climate change, but potentially its greatest hope, The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 The International Year Of Forests. The declaration aims to bring awareness for the sustainable management, conservation and development of forests throughout the world.

UN resolution 61/193 adopted by the general assembly during the 83rd plenary meeting held on the 20th of December 2006, states the following:

1. Decides to declare 2011 the International Year of Forests;

2. Requests the secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat, to serve as the focal point for the implementation of the Year, in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and sub-regional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups;

3. Invites, in particular, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, as the Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, within its mandate, to support the implementation of the Year;

4. Calls upon Governments, relevant regional and international organizations, and major groups to support activities related to the Year, inter alia, through voluntary contributions, and to link their relevant activities to the Year;

5. Encourages voluntary partnerships among Member States, international organizations and major groups to facilitate and promote activities related to the Year at the local and national levels, including by creating national committees or designating focal points in their respective countries;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth session on the state of preparations for the Year.

To help facilitate The International Year of Forests, the UN created a website in which you will find information regarding various events being organized throughout the Year. Additionally, interactive web tools and resources are available to promote dialogue on sustainable management, conservation and development of forests. The UN welcomes and encourages you to share how you plan to celebrate “Forests for People” during 2011.  The UN will honor your participation and contributions by showcasing your stories and initiatives via their website.

For more information click the link to visit the UN’s official website for The International Year Of Forests.

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