High-level Segment of UNFF9 and launch of the International Year of Forests

New York
02 - 04 February, 2011

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, will preside over the ceremony and the programme will open with a video message from Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. The ceremony will also feature an array of international speakers, from government ministers to Nobel laureates and other members of the international forest community including Under-Secretary General Mr. Sha Zukang, Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai, renowned filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and Felix Finbeiner, founder of Plant the Planet.

Communicating forest stories through the medium of film is a major component of the International Year. At the ceremony, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand will premiere his film ┐Forest┐, a 7-minute short film made especially for the International Year of Forests. Also, clips from winning films of the International Forest Film Festival will be shown as part of the program.

In addition to the ceremony, celebrations will continue throughout the day. The Croatian government is holding a photo exhibit entitled ┐Through the Eye of the Forester┐ in the General Assembly lobby, and the Turkish government will host a photo exhibit on forests in their cultural centre in New York. Finally, on the evening of 2 February, the United States government and MillionTrees New York are hosting a reception at David

Detailed Information
Date 02 - 04 February, 2011
Location New York
Organizer United Nations Forum on Forests [ Content posted by United Nations Secretariat, Agency, or Programme UN ENTITY ]
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