10.00–11.30 CET online and at the Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO Headquarters, Rome

Join the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at a high-level event to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2023. The day will highlight three important roles that forests play in ensuring environmental health and the many ways they contribute to healthy societies.

A new annual FAO Tree Cities of the World Award for cities that provide a substantial contribution to the theme of the International Day of Forests will also be launched.

Watch the webcast. Translation will be provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.


Master of ceremonies: Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, FAO

Opening remarks: QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO

High-level session: Healthy forests for healthy people through policy, science and management

  • H.E. Marie-Orléa Vina, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Madagascar
  • H.E. Bhupender Yadav, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India (virtual)
  • Ms Sandra Vilardy Quiroga, Vice Minister for Policies and Environmental Standardization, Colombia (virtual)
  • Mr. Günter Walkner, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Austria to FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) and Chairperson of the FAO Committee on Forestry

Musical performance: Erica Boschiero, singer and songwriter

Conversation between QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO, and next generation forestry leaders

  • Mr Tomiwa Oluwajuwon, Global Ambassador for Youth4Nature  
  • Ms Alina Lehikoinen, Forestry student  
  • Moderator: Lindsey Hook, Head of Culture, World Food Forum

Award ceremony: FAO Tree Cities of the World award

  • Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO 
  • Professor Stefano Lo Russo, Mayor of Turin 

Learn more about this event here: https://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/live-event/en/


Visit the International Day of Forests website for more information, key messages, events, logos and banners.

Video spot: Share the 60-second video spot, which is being produced in 45 languages and will be aired by international media outlets.

Social media: Visit the International Day of Forests Trello board to download multilingual social media cards, videos and GIFs, along with other assets: https://trello.com/b/26pMfQ71/international-day-of-forests. Don't forget the official IDF hashtags: #ForestDay #IntlForestDay.

Forest quiz: Which forest animal are you? A peanut-headed lanternfly, a great potoo or a green tree frog? Test your knowledge on forests and health with our quiz and find out! Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.https://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/quiz/en/

2023 IDF events around the world: Organize or join events celebrating forests. Learn more here: https://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/events/en/




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Organized by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Date of Event: 21 Mar 2023 CET

Event Location: Rome

Event Category: Other

Event Format: Hybrid