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The Forest Declaration Platform: Status Update  

The Forest Declaration Platform would like to inform you that the Forest Declaration Platform will cease operations as a unified entity as of April 29, 2024.

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The Forest Declaration Platform: Status Update  

The Forest Declaration Platform would like to inform you that the Forest Declaration Platform will cease operations as a unified entity as of April 29, 2024.

/ May 3, 2024

The Forest Declaration Platform would like to inform you that the Forest Declaration Platform will cease operations as a unified entity as of April 29, 2024. The Platform partner organizations collectively decided we can best support the range of forest pledges and stakeholders working to meet the forest and climate goals by operating independently. As individual organizations and through other collaborations, we intend to continue the important work of the initiatives described below. We look forward to this new phase of action as we strengthen our work to meet our shared goal of halting and reversing forest loss and degradation by 2030.  

In 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) was adopted as a political declaration calling for the end of natural forest loss and the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded lands by 2030. The NYDF Global Platform was established in 2017 to drive tangible action to meet the goals of the NYDF. The NYDF Global Platform partner organizations—the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Advisers, Climate Focus, and Meridian Institute—were inspired by the belief that collaboration across multiple stakeholders was the most effective way to advance meaningful and effective approaches for halting forest loss and avoiding disastrous climate tipping points.  

Meanwhile, in 2015, the Forest Declaration Assessment (previously NYDF Progress Assessment) was convened by Climate Focus to track progress against the NYDF. As an independent, civil society-led initiative, the Forest Declaration Assessment (the Assessment) enables accountability to forest pledges and is implemented by a consortium of leading research organizations, environmental NGOs, and think tanks.  

In December 2021, the NYDF Global Platform broadened its scope to support and monitor the implementation of all relevant forest pledges and offer access to a wide community of stakeholders and rightsholders, becoming the Forest Declaration Platform (the Platform). At that time, the Assessment was more formally integrated under the umbrella of the Platform as part of its work to enable accountability to forest pledges. 

Since the Platform’s establishment, the partner organizations have worked with the NYDF endorsers to support engagement with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities as well as other key stakeholders such as the private sector, governments, civil society, and youth. The Platform’s priority has been to increase the visibility of forests in international fora and reinforce the role of forests in addressing the climate crisis.   

Since the NYDF was first adopted in 2014, much has changed. Multiple initiatives have reaffirmed and strengthened the NYDF mission, including the Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use (GLD), the Forest and Climate Leaders' Partnership (FCLP), and the IPLC Forest Tenure Joint Donor Statement. In light of the evolution of global forest commitments and supporting initiatives, the Platform partner organizations believe we can be most effective in supporting the stakeholders working to meet these forest and climate goals by focusing on our individual strengths.

We will continue our work on critical workstreams as described below:   

  • Monitoring progress against forest commitments via the Forest Declaration Assessment: The Assessment will continue to fulfill its role as an accountability tool under the leadership of Climate Focus and the Assessment Partners. Enabling accountability against the goals of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration and other 2030 forests and land commitments is a critical prerequisite to ending and reversing deforestation and forest degradation by 2030.  
  • Providing support to forums accelerating political ambition on deforestation: Climate Advisers and Meridian Institute will continue to support the coordination and execution of the FCLP, a focused effort of governments with partners committed to expanding and maintaining high-level political leadership on forests, land use, and climate, to work together to implement solutions that reduce forest loss, increase restoration and support sustainable development, and to ensure accountability for the pledges that have been made. 
  • Supporting Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: UNDP’s Climate Promise is the world’s largest offer of support to countries on national climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. These pledges, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), are crucial stepping stones towards net-zero emissions and meeting the Paris goals. The initiative supports over 120 countries, in collaboration with over 35 partners and is a major contributor to the NDC Partnership. One of its three core pillars is Inclusivity, and UNDP supports Indigenous peoples, local communities, women, and youth by recognizing and promoting a human rights-based approach; strengthening effective participation and leadership in climate fora; increasing capacities and knowledge to drive implementation; strengthening access to and control over resources like finance and technology; and enabling Indigenous Peoples and small farmer and producer communities to participate in sustainable supply chains.  

In addition, UNDP is supporting the FCLP Platform to Support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Forest Climate Action by contributing to the Expert Group recommending objectives and goals for the work of the Platform.  

We are proud that, under the banner of the Forest Declaration Platform, the partner organizations have contributed to the growing effort to highlight forests as a climate solution. Although the work has now evolved the partner organizations will continue to connect, share learnings, and contribute to other initiatives aiming to address forest and climate goals. 

The partners also remain open to reconvening the Forest Declaration Platform as a unified entity, should a need materialize in the coming years. Information about the Platform and the NYDF will remain available on www.forestdeclaration.org. We thank all our partners and the NYDF endorsers for working with us over the last seven years. We hope to continue supporting and working with you to achieve our common goals.  

For further information please contact Jimena Solano [email protected], Audrey Burns [email protected], and/or Madeline Craig [email protected]  

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