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The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Global Platform invites you to the virtual launch of the refreshed NYDF on October 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 to 14:30 UTC | 21:00 to 23:00 UTC+8.

Lack of progress towards the intermediate 2020 targets initially outlined in the NYDF motivated the NYDF community to reinvigorate political will to meet the 2030 NYDF goal of ending deforestation. To this end, the NYDF Global Platform launched a participatory “refresh” process to renew the Declaration and catalyze a shift from commitment to collective action towards meeting the NYDF goals.

During this launch event, participants will review alterations to the Declaration and the NYDF Global Platform informed by this collaborative “refresh” process, learn about the upcoming NYDF Progress Assessment Report, and reflect on the enduring value and significance of the NYDF as a driver of forest action in this decade and beyond.

Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the “refresh” process and the revised Declaration. Speakers will include members of the NYDF Global Platform and NYDF Assessment, NYDF endorsers, senior officials from donor and forest countires, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, and senior staff from environmental organizations and companies.

To RSVP, please follow this link.

La Plataforma Global de la Declaración de Nueva York sobre los Bosques (NYDF) le invita al lanzamiento virtual de la actualización de la NYDF el 13 de octubre de 2021 de 9:00 a 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 a 14:30 UTC | 21:00 a 23:00 UTC+8.. . . .
La falta de progreso hacia los objetivos intermedios de 2020 inicialmente esbozados en el NYDF motivó a la comunidad del NYDF a revigorizar la voluntad política para cumplir el objetivo del NYDF de 2030 de acabar con la deforestación. Para ello, la Plataforma Global del NYDF puso en marcha un proceso participativo de "actualización" para renovar la Declaración y catalizar el paso del compromiso a la acción colectiva para alcanzar los objetivos del NYDF.

Durante este evento de lanzamiento, los participantes revisarán las modificaciones de la Declaración y de la Plataforma Global del NYDF que se derivan de este proceso de "actualización" colaborativa, conocerán el próximo Informe de Evaluación de los Avances del NYDF y reflexionarán sobre el valor y la importancia duraderos del NYDF como motor de la acción forestal en esta década y más allá.

Los participantes también tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas sobre el proceso de "actualización" y la Declaración revisada. Entre los oradores estarán los miembros de la Plataforma Global del NYDF y de la Evaluación del NYDF, los partidarios del NYDF, los altos funcionarios de los países donantes y de los países forestales, los donantes bilaterales y multilaterales, y los altos funcionarios de las organizaciones y empresas medioambientales.

Para confirmar su asistencia, siga este enlace.

La plateforme mondiale de la Déclaration de New York sur les forêts (NYDF) vous invite au lancement virtuel de la version actualisée de la NYDF le 13 octobre 2021 de 9h00 à 10h30 EST | 13h00 à 14h30 UTC | 21h00 à 23h00 UTC+8.. . . .
L'absence de progrès vers les objectifs intermédiaires de 2020 initialement définis dans le NYDF a motivé la communauté NYDF à redynamiser la volonté politique d'atteindre l'objectif 2030 du NYDF, à savoir mettre fin à la déforestation. À cette fin, la plateforme mondiale du NYDF a lancé un processus participatif de "rafraîchissement" pour renouveler la déclaration et catalyser le passage de l'engagement à l'action collective pour atteindre les objectifs du NYDF.

Au cours de cet événement de lancement, les participants examineront les modifications apportées à la Déclaration et à la Plate-forme mondiale du FDNY à la suite de ce processus de "rafraîchissement" collaboratif, prendront connaissance du prochain rapport d'évaluation des progrès du FDNY et réfléchiront à la valeur et à l'importance durables du FDNY en tant que moteur de l'action forestière au cours de cette décennie et au-delà.

Les participants auront également l'occasion de poser des questions sur le processus de "rafraîchissement" et la déclaration révisée. Parmi les intervenants figureront des membres de la Plate-forme mondiale et de l'Évaluation de la FDNY, des partisans de la FDNY, des hauts fonctionnaires des pays donateurs et des pays forestiers, des donateurs bilatéraux et multilatéraux, et des cadres supérieurs d'organisations et d'entreprises environnementales.

Pour confirmer votre présence, veuillez suivre ce lien.



A Plataforma Global da Declaração de Nova Iorque sobre Florestas (NYDF) convida-o para o lançamento virtual da NYDF actualizada a 13 de Outubro de 2021 das 9:00 às 10:30 EST | 13:00 às 14:30 UTC | 21:00 às 23:00 UTC+8.. . . .
A falta de progressos em direcção aos objectivos intermédios para 2020 inicialmente delineados na NYDF motivou a comunidade da NYDF a revigorar a vontade política para cumprir o objectivo da NYDF de acabar com a desflorestação em 2030. Para este fim, a Plataforma Global da NYDF lançou um processo participativo de "renovação" para renovar a Declaração e catalisar uma mudança de compromisso para acção colectiva em direcção ao cumprimento dos objectivos da NYDF.

Durante este evento de lançamento, os participantes revisarão as alterações da Declaração e da Plataforma Global de NYDF informadas por este processo colaborativo de "atualização", aprenderão sobre o próximo Relatório de Avaliação de Progresso de NYDF e refletirão sobre o valor e o significado duradouro da NYDF como um motor da ação florestal nesta década e além.

Os participantes terão também a oportunidade de fazer perguntas sobre o processo de "actualização" e sobre a Declaração revista. Os oradores incluirão membros da Plataforma Global da NYDF e da Avaliação da NYDF, endossadores da NYDF, funcionários superiores de doadores e conselhos florestais, doadores bilaterais e multilaterais, e pessoal superior de organizações e empresas ambientais.

Para confirmar a sua presença, por favor siga este link.


REMINDER: There is one week left to register for the upcoming virtual launch of the refreshed NYDF on October 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 to 14:30 UTC | 21:00 to 23:00 UTC+8.

This event will:

Panelists and participants will include members of the NYDF Global Platform and NYDF Assessment, NYDF endorsers, senior officials from donor and forest countries, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, and senior staff from environmental organizations and companies.


RECORDATORIO: Queda una semana para inscribirse en el próximo lanzamiento virtual del renovado NYDF el 13 de octubre de 2021 de 9:00 a 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 a 14:30 UTC | 21:00 a 23:00 UTC+8.

En este evento:

Entre los panelistas y participantes se encontrarán miembros de la Plataforma Global del NYDF y de la Evaluación del NYDF, avalistas del NYDF, altos funcionarios de países donantes y forestales, donantes bilaterales y multilaterales, y personal directivo de organizaciones y empresas medioambientales.


RAPPEL: Il ne reste plus qu'une semaine pour s'inscrire au prochain lancement virtuel du nouveau NYDF le 13 octobre 2021 de 9h00 à 10h30 EST | 13h00 à 14h30 UTC | 21h00 à 23h00 UTC+8.

Dans cet événement :

Les panélistes et les participants comprendront des membres de la Plate-forme mondiale et de l'évaluation du NYDF, des partisans du NYDF, des hauts fonctionnaires des pays donateurs et des pays forestiers, des donateurs bilatéraux et multilatéraux, et des cadres supérieurs d'organisations et d'entreprises environnementales.


LEMBRETE: Falta uma semana para a inscrição no próximo lançamento virtual do NYDF renovado em 13 de Outubro de 2021 das 9:00 às 10:30 EST | 13:00 às 14:30 UTC | 21:00 às 23:00 UTC+8.

Neste caso:

Os membros do painel e participantes incluirão membros da Plataforma Global da NYDF e da Avaliação da NYDF, endossadores da NYDF, funcionários superiores de países doadores e países florestais, doadores bilaterais e multilaterais, e pessoal superior de organizações e empresas ambientais.

Thank you for attending the virtual launch of the refreshed New York Declaration on Forests!

The event was a tremendous success filled with critical insights from the outstanding panelists and speakers. We were joined by:

You can find a full recording here and the PowerPoint slides from the session here.

To read more about the refresh process and updates to the NYDF Declaration, visit https://forestdeclaration.org/a-renewed-call-to-action/


Looking Ahead: UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow
COP26 marks a pivotal moment for countries to set ambitious trajectories to build a sustainable world. Forests are the natural climate solution with the largest mitigation potential, and the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) remains one of the most comprehensive frameworks for forest action.

On November 5, 2021 (4:00 pm GMT - 5:30 pm GMT | 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST), the NYDF will host an event within the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Climate Conference to elevate leading voices from government, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, youth, civil society and the private sector to showcase how to shift from commitment to action through ambitious political action and positive investment.

We invite you to join this event [NYDF: A Renewed Call To Action] by registering for GLF's Climate Conference and setting a bookmark for the NYDF event on Nov. 5th. More event details on confirmed speakers and agenda will be shared soon.
Other COP26 Events on Forests (more to come):
Gender: The Key to Unlocking Transformational Change in Climate-Forest Finance
Wednesday, October 27th
(Click here to register)

COP Presidency World Leaders’ Summit: Forest and Land Use Action Event
Tuesday, Nov 2nd | 9:15 – 12:45 GMT
(See full Presidency Programme here)

5 Great Forests for Mesoamerica
Wednesday, November 3 | 11-12:30 at GEF/GCF Pavilion
(Read more from WCS Newsroom)

Financing Forest Action: Investing in Forests to Address the Climate Crisis
Thursday, November 4th | 14:45 GMT+1  
(Click here to register) . . . .

The COP Presidency and the Nature 4 Climate Coalition have organized November 6th as Nature Day.
(See full COP26 programme here for more details.)

Emerging Policy Approaches For Intact Forest Conservation

Saturday, November 6 | 17:00-18:30 GMT
(Click here to register)

SDG 15 Event: High-level Dialogue of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests: Upscaling Actions to Turn the Tide on Deforestation
Saturday, November 6
(Click here for more details)
 
Marrakech Partnership: Land Use Action Event
Saturday, November 6
(Click here for more details)

Since 2015, the NYDF Assessment Partners have conducted an annual assessment of global progress toward the ten goals of the NYDF and its 2020 and 2030 targets. In this series of slide decks, we synthesize our findings from seven years of research and analysis across each of these ten goals to provide a baseline to assess 2030 forest targets made at COP26 and across other international declarations and taret-setting initiatives. Taken together, these goal summaries provide a holistic overview of the state of play and key remaining challenges in protecting, restoring, and sustainably managing forests.

Read the blog post summarizing this series here.

The slide decks are categorized according to the following four forest themes:

  1. Setting and achieving overarching targets to end deforestation and restore degraded lands (Goals 1 & 5 and 6 & 7).
  2. Taking action to ensure sustainable production and development (Goals 2, 3, and 4)
  3. Shifting and sourcing new finance for forests (Goals 8 & 9)
  4. Strengthening forest governance and empowering Indigenous Peoples and local communities (Goal 10)

In this fourth and final installment, we present overviews for two of the NYDF goals that fit into theme 1: Overarching targets. Goal 1 sets a target to end natural forest loss by 2030, while Goal 5 aims to restore 350 million hectares of degraded land by the same year. Together, these two goals have been the "flagship" or overarching of the goals of the NYDF. The Glasgow Leader's Declaration on Forests and Land Use, adopted at COP26, echoes these same targets in its goal to "halt and reverse deforestation by 2030."

Imagine the world you want to live in… A world where forests and people grow together.

The Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use, launched at COP26 on November 2, 2021 and backed by over 125 countries, reaffirms and strengthens the commitment to stop deforestation by 2030. It brings unprecedented forest coverage under this target, as leaders from countries with 90% of global forest area signed on to this important goal. They have also backed their commitments with unprecedented financing pledges - but is it enough?

The endorsers of a similar pledge from 2014 - the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) - did not reach their 2020 target to halve deforestation and are not on track to meet the 2030 zero deforestation goal. But we know that together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. Together, we can do the impossible. We have no time to lose to translate old and new commitments into concrete actions.

In this comic book-style summary, we share the story of the NYDF since it was adopted in 2014, where we need to go now, and how to get there.

We are not on track… but it’s not too late!

We know what we must do to meet the NYDF goals.

We’re on our way, but we have a long way to go.

Let’s get there together.

The initial NYDF Assessment report, published in 2015, proposes a framework of indicators to track progress toward each of the ten goals of the NYDF.

The report, “Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests: An assessment framework and initial report” seeks to fill the gap of the original NYDF, which launched without a process or methodology that would allow monitoring progress toward achieving its goals.

One year after the adoption of the NYDF is too early to draw conclusions about progress in most areas. But in the past year, new initiatives have been launched, additional commitments have been made, and implementation of relevant programs has begun. These are important steps in the right direction and may help accelerate trends toward achieving the NYDF goals. Still, overall progress remains slow and more action is urgently needed.

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a political declaration calling for global action to protect and restore forests. It offers a common, multi-stakeholder framework for forest action, consolidating various initiatives and objectives that drive forest protection, restoration, and sustainable use.

Adopted in 2014 and refreshed in 2021, the NYDF is the major reference point for global forest action. Its ten goals include halting natural forest loss by 2030, restoring 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands, improving governance, increasing forest finance, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as part of the Paris Agreement. 

New York Declaration on Forests

Forests are essential to our future. People across the globe depend on forests for food, water, fuel, medicines, traditional cultures and livelihoods. Forests also support up to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and play a vital role in safeguarding the climate by naturally sequestering carbon.Yet, each year an average of 10 million hectares of forest disappear, often with devastating impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The permanent conversion of forests for the production of agricultural commodities— such as soy, palm oil, beef and paper—accounts for roughly half of global deforestation. Infrastructure, urban expansion, energy, and mining all contribute to and often accelerate deforestation and forest degradation.

We, the endorsers, share the vision of slowing, halting, and reversing global forest loss while simultaneously enhancing food security for all. While progress is being made in many places, overall action has fallen short of the speed, scale, and finance required, including collective action to meet the NYDF goals. The years leading up to 2030 are critical for increasing ambitious, collective, and transformative action to deliver the NYDF goals.

Forests are essential for maintaining life and local livelihoods across the globe. Furthermore, reducing emissions from deforestation and increasing forest restoration is imperative for limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Forests represent one of the largest, most cost-effective climate solutions available today. Action to conserve, sustainably manage and restore forests can contribute to economic growth, poverty alleviation, rule of law, food security, clean water, climate resilience and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and other ecosystem services. Strong forest governance is essential to protecting and sustainably managing the world’s forests, given Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities are the best defenders and protectors of forests. Centering Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and traditional knowledge in solutions to address deforestation is essential for delivering the NYDF goals.

With our varying mandates, capabilities, and circumstances, collectively we commit to doing our part to achieve the following outcomes in partnership, including by ensuring that strong, large-scale economic incentives are in place commensurate with the size of the challenge:

Achieving these outcomes could achieve over 7 billion tons (CO2e) of cost-effective climate change mitigation per year by 2030. By working in partnership, we can achieve these collective goals and chart a new course toward conserving, restoring, and managing healthy forests for the benefit of all. We invite others to join us in committing to a world where people and forests grow together.

This report presents perspectives from the endorsers of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), examining endorser progress to achieve the 10 goals, including enabling conditions for endorser action, barriers to progress, and lessons learned five years since the launch of the Declaration in 2014. NYDF endorser challenges, actions and progress towards the NYDF goals have been captured, recognizing that measurable, collective action is necessary now to make considerable progress to address deforestation.

Eight lessons emerged from the consultation with endorsers:

Lesson 1: Implementation of deforestation-free commitments by companies and governments is slow due to barriers that require multi-level and multi-sectoral solutions

Lesson 2: Strong governance and policy are essential enabling conditions for endorser action; but also a barrier to implementation when absent

Lesson 3: Individual leadership and forest champions can shape action across an organization and an industry

Lesson 4: Implementation of forest commitments often hinges on multi-stakeholder engagement and partnerships

Lesson 5: Accountability and transparency technology has accelerated in recent years but access to open and transparent data remains a challenge

Lesson 6: Land tenure is a precondition to eliminate conflict and sustainably conserve and manage forests

Lesson 7: Although negative financial investments work against forests, and positive financial investments are insufficient to achieve forest goals, new models for forest finance hold promise

Lesson 8: Nature Based Solutions yield societal benefits but those values are not fully recognized

The post-2020 vision

As 2020 approaches, and taking into account the findings of the NYDF Assessment report in 2019, there is a need for renewed ambition and action by all endorser groups, coupled with increased accountability, in order to reverse increasing deforestation trends and advance towards global forest and climate targets. Nearly two-thirds of consulted NYDF endorsers have reported action plans for post-2020 objectives with specific priorities emerging, including:

  1. implementing safeguards and policies to reduce forest risks,
  2. support for livelihoods and capacity building,
  3. nature-based solutions and conservation,
  4. agricultural markets, including demand and consumption,
  5. transparency and accountability,
  6. harmonizing the development, biodiversity and climate agendas, and
  7. governance.

The NYDF Global Platform’s post-2020 vision will focus on incorporating the recommendations and feedback collected from over 80+ NYDF endorser consultations including strategies for strengthening implementation, addressing accountability, maximizing synergies with initiatives and coalitions, and supporting knowledge sharing.

In November 2020, the NYDF Assessment Partners published the Goal 3 and 4 Progress Report, Balancing forests and development: Addressing infrastructure and extractive industries, promoting sustainable livelihoods. Following the report, this briefing paper explores the impending threats to forests from the global transition to low-carbon technologies and associated increase in mining.

The paper was developed by the NYDF Assessment Partners in collabroation with CDP.

Five years after the launch of the NYDF, there is little evidence that its goals are on track, and achieving the 2020 NYDF targets is likely impossible. The 2019 NYDF Assessment report assesses progress toward all ten goals of the NYDF, five years after the Declaration's launch.

In September 2014, a broad coalition of governments, companies, civil society, and indigenous peoples’ organizations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). 

Driven by the shared understanding that halting deforestation is essential to keep temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the endorsers adopted an ambitious declaration detailing ten goals. By committing to the ten goals of the declaration, endorsers have agreed to work toward halving tropical deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030. The NYDF also calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

Five years later, there is little evidence that these goals are on track, and achieving the 2020 NYDF targets is likely impossible.

The 2020 NYDF Assessment Report takes a stark look at trends across all ten goals of the NYDF and find progress to be wanting.

This report was supported by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), the Good Energies Foundation, and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag via the NYDF Global Platform.

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