International Day of Forests 2023

Healthy Forests for Healthy People

Mar 21, 2023

Online and Sheikh Zayed Centre (FAO Headquarters), Rome

Tuesday March 21, 2023
10.00 – 11.30 CET

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

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Join the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at a high-level event to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2023 under the theme “Healthy forests for healthy people.” High-level speakers and ‘next generation’ forestry leaders will discuss the contributions of healthy forests for healthy people through policy, science and management. 

The event 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.



Master of ceremonies: Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, 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
  • 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


Watch the webcast here.

FAO – The International Day of Forests