United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

View of the plenary hall during the 1st Meeting of the Ad hoc Expert Group (AHEG1) on the Development of Proposals on Matters Referred to in Paragraph 44 of ECOSOC Resolution 2015/33, 25 April 2016, New York. (Photo by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon)

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) was established by the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Resolution 2000/35 as part of a new international arrangement on forests, to carry on the work built on the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) and International Forum on Forests (IFF) processes. The Forum is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies.

The main objective of the UNFF is to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and strengthen long-term political commitment. The Forum feeds into broader global environment and development processes with inputs such as the UNFF2 Ministerial Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Forum agreed on Six (6) Global Forest Goals (GFG), which provide clear guidance on the future work of the Forum. The GFGs are the following:

1) Reverse the loss of forest cover worldwide through sustainable forest management (SFM);
2) Enhance forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits;
3) Increase significantly the area of protected forests worldwide and other areas of sustainably managed forests;
4) Mobilize significantly increased, new and additional financial resources from all sources for the implementation of SFM and strengthen scientific and technical cooperation and partnerships;
5) Promote governance frameworks to implement SFM; and
6) Enhance cooperation, coordination, coherence and synergies of forest-related issues.

Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
Established 2000
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 926 1004 / 928 4969 / 929 6626 Local 2021

       DENR - Forest Management Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 9313 / 927 4788
Starting from UNFF5 and culminating at UNFF7, the Non-Legally Binding Instrument (NLBI) on All Types of Forests was adopted on 28 April 2007. The Instrument was adopted by the UN General Assembly (Resolution 62/98) on 17 December 2007. The Instrument is voluntary and non-legally binding and each State is responsible for the sustainable management of its forests and for the enforcement of its forest related laws.

The purposes of the instrument are the following:
1. To strengthen political commitment and action at all levels to implement effectively sustainable management of all types of forests and to achieve the shared global objectives on forests;
2. To enhance the contribution of forests to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, in particular with respect to poverty eradication and environmental sustainability; and
3.  To provide framework for national action and international cooperation.

The Philippines is enjoined to submit voluntary reports to the UNFF detailing efforts towards sustainable forest management.
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1. UNFF11 adopted a historic Resolution on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 and a Ministerial Declaration. The Declaration highlights how SFM is vital to transformative change and to addressing development challenges from poverty eradication and economic growth to food security and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

2. Member States extended the timeline of the IAF to 2030, defined its objectives and components, and outlined the Strategic direction for the Arrangement. Implementation of the UN Forest Instrument, formerly Non-Legally Binding Instrument (NLBI) on All Types of Forests, is the key task for the IAF beyond 2015. Countries also strengthened the Forum and its Secretariat, and agreed to develop a strategic plan for the IAF (2017-2030) with quadrennial programmes of work.

3. Countries reiterated the validity and value of the UN Forest Instrument and agreed to extend its Global Objectives on Forests (GOFs) until 2030.

4. On financing, UNFF Facilitative Process upgraded to UNFF Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) to mobilize and enhance access of countries to financial resources for forests.

5. UNFF11 highlighted forest related Sustainable Goals and Targets and integrated these into the UN Forest Instrument.

6. Adopted the UN Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) 2017-2030 on January 20, 2017.
This Page was updated on 22 December 2017 and will be updated on 22 March 2018
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