In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG target 15.2, which calls for halting deforestation by 2020, among others. In addition, the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), which was adopted in 2017 by the UN General Assembly, calls for reversing the loss of forest cover and increasing forest area by 3 percent worldwide by 2030 (Global Forest Goal 1, Target 1.1).
This international conference is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the challenges of halting and reversing deforestation and to jointly explore ways to accelerate progress towards achieving in particular the SDG Target 15.2 and Target 1.1 of the UNSPF.
The main objective of the conference is to provide substantive input, through UNFF 13, to the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2018). In 2018 the HLPF will review, among others, SDG 15.