Tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) which is the world's biggest conference on forests held in Istanbul for the first time outside New York ended.

Tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which started with the opening speech of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and participation of 2 thousand 5 hundred people from 133 countries on 8 th April, concluded.

In the forum gathered under the co-presidency of Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu and lasted 11 days, the main theme was 'Forests and Economic Development' and important topics such as the current and future state of the global forestry were discussed. Before the forum began, the United Nations' raised flag in Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center had been lowered with a ceremony. In the closing ceremony, with the participation of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Under-Secretary Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akca and Deputy Under- Secretary Dr. Mahir Küçük on behalf of Turkey, and the Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Jan Mc Alpine on behalf of UN, a show was performed by Ottoman Military Band.

In concluding remarks, Dr. Mahir Küçük, Deputy Under-Secretary in Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said his Government had been honoured to host the Forum’s tenth session. He said “we hope the outcomes of the decisions taken in the forum would contribute significantly to the promotion of rural development, eradication of rural poverty and country forestry", adding, "We are hoping we have provided a contribution to acting together approach. Information sharing has increased with the forum; a basis has been formed for international co operations. We also thank the General Secretariat of the UN".

Jan Mc Alpine, Director of the Forum on Forests, said "Turkey undertook an historic mission by hosting the 10th sessions of UN Forest Forum. We hosted more than 2 thousand 500 guests. From Turkey and Madagascar, including two prime ministers, ministers, deputy ministers and hundreds of delegates participated. For the issues came to the fore that had not been addressed before, it was a very important forum. It was a great pleasure to be in such a historic city of Turkey".



Hosting United Nations Forest Forum in Istanbul, one of the world's most important cities, provided an advantage in terms of promoting and showing Turkish hospitality and cultural values. It was very efficient holding the forum in Turkey, one of the rare countries in increasing the forest wealth, with regard to transferring the forestry activities to other countries, particularly introducing developed projects in the field of non-wood forest products. In addition, Turkey has once more proven its success in hosting international organizations