Joseph Hall recently attended the UNFF AHEG meeting Major Group Children and Youth in Thailand and produced a detailed report of this event.

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a high-level policy forum established in 2000 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to promote “the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end”

The group represents Children and Youth from around the world. MGCY serves to bring the perspectives of Children and Youth to forum sessions, conduct invaluable research and engage with civil-society to communicate session outcomes in an educative way.

In the lead up to AHEG2, MGCY Focal Points generated a Google survey to understand ‘What youth envision for our forests’. The form included the vision and mission statements presented in the Co-Chairs Proposal of the UNSPF and requested that respondents give reason as to their preference for these statements. Why is this important? Because the Vision and Mission statement combined, define and inform the purpose, goals and values of a Strategic Plan for the next 13 years!

Please check out this document for info on research findings and major event highlights:


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