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SAVE THE DATE - International Day of Forests 2022 - 21 March

To mark the International Day of Forests 2022 on 21 March, FAO in collaboration with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and IUFRO World Congress 2024|Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is hosting a high-level panel discussion to Inspire for the Future – The Role of Forests in Ensuring Sustainable Production and Consumption in the context of Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Do not miss out on the insights and stories of high-level guests and experts about the role of forest-based innovations, forest-based products and ecosystem services and how they can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and accelerate a shift towards more sustainable consumption and production.

Monday, 21 March 2022
15.00–18.00 GST/12.00–15.00 CET
Online and at the Swedish Pavilion
The Forest, Expo 2020 Dubai

REGISTER to Participate Online or visit the Event webpage to learn more

Help us share the International Day of Forests 2022 key messages and a video spot that sheds light on wood and its potential to change how we see the world. The video is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

For more information on the International Day itself, about FAO’s work in Forestry and our partners for the IDF 2022 event, please visit the International Day of Forests website.

We look forward to your active participation and to hearing about any events you are organizing to mark the day by email at




Expo and Pavilion walk through


Screening of the International Day of Forests 2022 video spot

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. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt, UNFCCC COP27 Presidency
  • H.E. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister for Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates, UNFCCC COP 28 Presidency (TBC)
  • Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, Vice Chair of the FAO Committee on Forestry

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

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

Moderator: Fredrik Ingemarson, Director of IUFRO World Congress 2024

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

Closing remarks

  • 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


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