The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) was established in 2000 in order to promote principles for sustainable forest management and explore the possibility of an international agreement on forestry. In 2017, the UNFF adopted the United Nations Strategic Plan on Forests (UNSPF) that provides a global framework for action to accelerate sustainable forest use and to end deforestation. A central element of the UNSPF are the six Global Forest Goals (GFGs). They contain a holistic approach towards the management of diverse and distinct forest ecosystems and are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
GFGs set out in the UNSPF include reversing the loss of forest cover, improving the livelihood of forest-dependent communities and eradicate extreme poverty of them, increasing the area of protected and sustainably managed forests, mobilizing additional financial resources for the implementation of sustainable forest management, promoting governance frameworks that enable sustainable forest management and enhancing the cooperation, coordination, coherence and synergies on forest-related issues at all levels. Every year member states are meeting in New York to monitor progress on the implementation of the UNSPF and exchange in technical and political sessions ideas, knowledge and experiences on respective works and achievements. The Forum has universal membership and is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies, resulting in the largest UN body to date.
The ongoing reform of the UN restructure has recently shifted the UNFF to become a division within UN DESA (Department for Economic and Social Affairs).