7 May 2015
“To build a sustainable, climate-resilient future for all, we must invest in our world's forests. That will take political commitment at the highest levels, smart policies, effective law enforcement, innovative partnerships and funding,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with regard to the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), which opened on 4 May 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
During the meeting's opening session, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, linked the work of UNFF11 to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting the role of forests in the provision of water, energy, carbon sequestration and as a source of livelihoods. The Deputy Secretary-General further called for the mainstreaming of forests across sectors, strengthened forest governance and law enforcement, greater participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, and more financing for sustainable forest management (SFM).