State of the World’s Forests 2020 virtual launch

As part of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, FAO and UNEP are hosting a virtual session entitled "The State of the World's Forests 2020: Forests, Biodiversity and People".

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The State of the World’s Forests 2020: Forests, Biodiversity and People (SOFO 2020), jointly prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will be launched with a virtual high-level event and discussion at 10 AM CET on 22 May for the International Day for Biological Diversity.

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu and UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen will be among speakers discussing the findings of the report, which assesses progress to date in meeting global targets and goals relating to forest biodiversity.

Covering just over 30% of the global land area, forests provide habitat for the vast majority of terrestrial plant and animal species. Unfortunately, forests and the biodiversity they contain continue to be threatened by the conversion of forest land to agriculture and by unsustainable levels of exploitation, much of it illegal.

SOFO 2020 outlines concrete examples of successful initiatives to show how solutions that balance conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity are critical – and possible.

To join the virtual launch, please send an email to in advance to receive the login instructions.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Their goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.