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UNFF16 Side Event: Forests, Trees and Eradication of Poverty: A GFEP Global Assessment Report

Join GFEP at a side event during the 16th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF16)!

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM (EDT)

Poverty is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. Globally, one out of every 10 people lives in extreme poverty, and if the current trend continues, the number of hungry people will reach 840 million or one-ninth of the world's population by 2030. Poverty eradication is, therefore, at the top of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, "Goal 1: End Poverty in all its forms everywhere", which is supported by all 193 UN member states. The international community is stepping up efforts to achieve this goal, especially in response to the severe setback caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To win this fight against poverty, it is more important than ever to recognize and optimize the critical role of forests and trees as allies. This is the central finding of a new GFEP global assessment report entitled, "Forests, Trees and Eradication of Poverty: Potential and Limitations".

This webinar will share the outcomes and key messages of this global assessment report. The speakers will present available scientific evidence on the wide range of contributions that forests and trees make to curbing poverty and on the effectiveness of diverse forest management policies, programs, technologies, and strategies. The event will also give an exclusive early insight into an upcoming GFEP policy brief, Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief. 

For more information, please contact Ms. Dikshya Devkota, devkota(at)


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