"We meet today to talk about forests and their role in the sustainable development of the world. Their importance is confirmed e.g. by the global agreement of Paris", said Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of the Environment.
"Polish forestry is an example of sustainable development. Our country has the knowledge to make use of natural resources. Look for example at the Bialowieza Forest. This region is full of biodiversity "- added Minister Szyszko.
The list of speakers at the High Level Meeting, included: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; Eva Muller, Director of the Forestry Policy and Resources Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization; Bishop Tadeusz Lityński, National Forests Pastor and Konrad Tomaszewski, PhD, Director General of the State Forests Organisation.
After the ceremonial opening of the "Las2017" Conference, the ministers will hold talks. Topics such as the role of forests in the light of the implementation of the provisions of the Paris Agreement and the most optimal forestry models will be discussed.
About the "Las2017" Conference
The "Las2017" Conference, i.e. the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry, and the FAO Forestry Commission, is being held for the first time in Poland. It is a very important event for Poland, as the 70th anniversary of ECE / FAO cooperation is celebrated in 2017.
This year's conference "Las2017" is held under the motto of "Forests, our common good. Strengthening sustainable development in the light of the Paris Agreement." The event is attended by Ministers for Environment and Forestry, as well as representatives of science, national and foreign forest industry and non-governmental organisations from more than 50 countries.
Integrated Programme of Work for 2018-2021
The "Las2017" conference is also planned to adopt the Integrated Programme of Work for 2018-2021. This document is intended to support Member States of the United Nations and other stakeholders in undertaking actions for the sustainable management and use of forests in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017 is in force, adopted in December 2013 at the joint session "Metsä2013" in Finland.
IV European Forest Week
The "Las2017" conference is accompanied by the 4th European Forest Week. Within its framework, Poland planned a series of events showing the richness of Polish nature and landscape. Participants and all persons interested in forestry will be able, among other things, to participate in educational activities in 10 Forest Districts or open days in National Parks. In addition, a wood promotion exhibition has been displayed in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.
The European Forest Week has been celebrated since 2008 as an accompanying event to the Meeting. It provides an opportunity for discussion on forestry and wood sector, and serves as a unique forum for the promotion of these topics. The Forest Week is celebrated in the intervals of the Meeting in the form of side events.
The "Las2017" conference takes place in Warsaw on 9-13 October 2017. For more information visit http://las2017.pl.
UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry
It is one of the sector committees of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Its main objective is to support Member States and other stakeholder groups for the sustainable management and use of forests in the ECE region in order to provide products and services for the benefit of the society. Since 2016 the Committee has been chaired by Poland.
FAO European Forestry Commission
It was established in 1947. It is one of the six regional committees of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its main objective is to solve problems related to forestry on a regional scale.
ECE / FAO cooperation
The ECE has a long history of collaboration with the FAO. It was formalised in the form of a partnership agreement and the establishment of a Joint FAO / ECE Section for Forestry and Wood Industry in Geneva. The main goal of ECE and FAO cooperation is to provide an effective and coordinated approach to sustainable forest management, climate change and biodiversity conservation. The activities in this regard are implemented within the framework of the Integrated Programme of Work.