International Year of Forests (IYF) - “Celebrating Forests for People”

Statement by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director

United Nations Environment Programme
February 2, 2011

2011 is the International Year of Forests (IYF) and celebrations will officially be launched today during the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York.

This Year, which comes in the wake of the International Year of Biodiversity, represents an opportunity for evolving our work on sustainable forestry to a higher plain.