About the Declaration
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a political declaration among governments, companies, indigenous peoples and civil society to halve the loss ofcut natural forests loss in half by 2020, and strive to end it by 2030. Its ten goals (link to goals) also include restoring 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as part of a post-2020 global climate agreement. Meeting these goals would cut between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon pollution every year – about as much as the current emissions of the United States. The NYDF combines goals expressed in the context of a number of other pledges and agreements, such as the Bonn Challenge, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Aichi Targets, REDD+, climate and forest financing pledges, and supply chain commitments, to provides an integrated approach to protecting and restoring forests, transforming supply chains of major economic sectors impacting forests, and improving forest livelihoods, governance, and tenure of forests at a global level.
“I asked for countries and companies to bring bold pledges, and here they are,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The New York Declaration aims to reduce more climate pollution each year than the United States emits annually, and it doesn’t stop there. Forests are not only a critical part of the climate solution – the actions agreed today will reduce poverty, enhance food security, improve the rule of law, secure the rights of indigenous peoples and benefit communities around the world.”
In response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for bold pledges to address climate change in advance of the UN Climate Summit 2014, an alliance of governments, companies, indigenous peoples and NGOs announced the New York Declaration on Forests - the first global timeline to slow and end forest lost.
The New York Declaration on Forests was endorsed at the 2014 Climate Summit by more than 150 governments, companies, indigenous peoples and civil society organizations committed to doing their part to achieve the Declaration’s ten goals and follow its accompanying action agenda. Since then, the number of endorsers has grown to [over 190] and new endorsers continue to sign-on.
Although voluntary in nature, the Declaration was backed up by specific commitments to action including a supply chain revolution among major commodity traders; a pledge by indigenous peoples to protect hundreds of millions of hectares of tropical forests; new commitments from forest country governments to reduce deforestation or restore degraded lands; new bilateral and multilateral programmes to pay countries for reduced deforestation over the next six years; and new procurement policies for several of the largest forest commodity importer governments.