March 21, 2023 — AFoCO, in partnership with the Korea Forest Service and Sejong National Arboretum, celebrated the 2023 International Day of Forests on 21 March 2023 through a ceremonial tree-planting event at Sejong National Arboretum.
In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared March 21 to be the International Day of Forests to commemorate and promote the value of forests of all types. On this day, countries are encouraged to make local, national, and international efforts to prepare events involving forests and trees, such as tree-planting programs. The theme for 2023 is “Forests and health.” Healthy forests are essential for people and the planet — they act as natural filters, providing clean air and water, and they are home to vast biodiversity. They help to regulate our climate, cooling urban areas and absorbing one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. Forests are also closely linked with livelihoods and sustenance of many communities. Despite their ecological, economic, social and health benefits, forests continue to face the threats of deforestation and degradation.
The FAO Representative, Ambassadors and Representives of the dimplomatic missions of the AFoCO Parties and Observer countries noted the importance of forests and expressed support and willingness to work together to deal with forest-related issues.