NYDF Refresh Launch Reflections & NYDF at COP26

Thanks to all who attended the NYDF Refresh Launch on October 13th! Ready for round two? Join the NYDF at the UNFCCC's COP26 in Glasgow on Nov. 5th.

News / October 22, 2021 /

NYDF Refresh Launch Reflections & NYDF at COP26

Thanks to all who attended the NYDF Refresh Launch on October 13th! Ready for round two? Join the NYDF at the UNFCCC's COP26 in Glasgow on Nov. 5th.

/ October 22, 2021

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:

  • members of the NYDF Global Platform and NYDF Assessment to provide an overview of updates from the collaborative "refresh" process;
  • John Hixon, Yum! Brands and Sarah Lake, Feed The Truth who reflected on the collaborative refresh process and the impact of the updated Declaration on their continued efforts in this work;
  • keynote speaker, Roberto Múkaro Borrero, with an essential reminder of the need to integrate a human rights framework into the NYDF and a call to respect and protect Indigenous Peoples as the rightful stewards of forests;
  • several NYDF endorsers who shared on-the-ground progress and implementation of the newly revised NYDF Goals, continued challenges, and emphasized the need for collective action;
    • Edu Effiom, Cross River State Forestry Commission
    • Jennifer Koinante, Yiaku Laikipiak Trust
    • Silvia Llama, Pronatura Sur A.C.
    • Pablo Montoya Dávila, Grupo Éxito
    • Ms. Glenda Ortega, Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of Ecuador
  • and a passionate closing by Martha Isabela "Pati" Ruiz-Corzo on the need to go forth with bold new strategies in the fight against deforestation rooted in a deep sense of love and respect for the Earth and future generations.

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

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)