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International Day of Forests

March 21, 2022 @ 15:00 - 19:00 +04

March 21, 2022
15.00–19.00 GST/12.00–16.00 CET
Online and at the Swedish Pavilion, The Forest, Expo 2020, Dubai

Inspire for the future – the role of forests in ensuring sustainable production and consumption

To celebrate the International Day of Forests 2022 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and IUFRO World Congress 2024|Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) co-organized a high-level event under the theme “Forests and sustainable production and consumption”.

Today the world is facing unprecedented challenges, with climate change being among the most pressing of all. These challenges threaten the well-being of people and nature, and call for immediate action to develop innovative and creative solutions that set the world on a path to peace and prosperity on a healthy planet.

At this event, a high-level panel discuss how forest-based innovations, resource efficiency, forest-based products and ecosystem services can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and accelerate a shift towards more sustainable consumption and production. These efforts help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, wellbeing and a transition towards low-
carbon and green economies. Watch the recorded live broadcast here or visit the International Day of Forests event
webpage to learn more.


Event Agenda

15.00         Expo and Pavilion walk through

15.05         Screening of the International Day of Forests 2022 video spot

15.10         HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT

Master of Ceremony: Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, FAO

  • H.E. Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden, Commissioner General of the Swedish
    Participation at Expo 2020 Dubai
  • QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO
  • John Parrotta, President, IUFRO
  • H.E. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • H.E. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt, UNFCCC COP27 Presidency
  • Jaana Husu-Kallio, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of
  • Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, Acting Chair
    of the FAO Committee on Forestry

16.00         KEYNOTE – Why forests matter for planetary health and human well-being

  • Bhaskar Vira, Head of Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

16.20           PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Fredrik Ingemarson, Director of IUFRO World Congress 2024

  • Roberto Andres Bosch, President, Gremial Forestal, Guatemala
  • Magdalena Jovanovic, President, International Forestry Student’s Association
  • Mokena Makeka, Principal, Dalberg Advisors, South Africa
  • Bhavna Prasad, Senior Adviser, Sustainable Business, WWF India
  • Annie Sandgren, Programme Manager, IKEA

17.40          CLOSING

  • Göran Ericsson, Dean, Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU
  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO

Welcome video for World Forestry Congress 2022

Welcome video for IUFRO World Congress 2024



March 21, 2022
15:00 - 19:00 +04
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IUFRO World Congress 2024|SLU
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)


Swedish Pavilion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

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