KKL-JNF's Aviram Zuk at the 13th UNFF in New York.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The United Nations Forum on Forests
(UNFF) is an intergovernmental forum for forestry policy. Forum members include all the UN member states, as well as permanent members, the Forum’s secretariat, and several organizations in the field of forestry. The Forum was established in 2000 by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 13th session of the Forum, held in New York from May 7 to 11 of this year, focused on implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for the Forests (UNSPF) 2017-2030, with an emphasis on food security, gender equality and the eradication of poverty.
The State of Israel is a member of the Forum on Forests, and its official representative is KKL-JNF’s chief forester and afforestation division director Dr. David Brand.
Dr. David Brand said: "We work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli delegation to the UN, with the goal of ensuring that the forests will continue to be healthy
for both the current generation and the generations to come. The Afforestation Division's participation in the Forum on Forests is part of the ongoing activities of the Land Development Authority, in which senior professionals represent KKL-JNF on the subject of afforestation and the environment in various international forums."
This year, the Forum on Forests discussed the states’ commitment to the sustainable development goals (UNSDGs) for the year 2030, as defined by the United Nations. Aviram Zuk, KKL-JNF’s Upper Galilee and Golan Regional Director, read a statement in the UN assembly emphasizing Israel's commitment to the sustainable management of forests in accordance with the targets set out in the UN Development Goals.
Assaf Karavani, Research and Outreach Coordinator at KKL-JNF's Afforestation Division, noted:
"KKL-JNF has reason to be proud of its involvement in the writing, planning and monitoring of international policy documents on afforestation and the environment, enabling their implementation in practice in the management of the forests and open spaces under its responsibility. This contributes to Israel’s attainment of the sustainable development goals for 2030, as defined by the UN, positions KKL-JNF in line with the afforestation services of the most developed countries, and promotes its branding as the leading green organization in Israel involved in afforestation and the environment in accordance with international conventions."