ITTO presents lecture at Yokohama [Kokusai] International Forum


Some participants and ITTO’s Communications and Outreach Officer (right) pose after the lecture at Yokohama International [Kokusai] Forum. Photo: ITTO
ITTO Secretariat staff member Ramón Carrillo delivered a lecture on 15 February 2020 at the Yokohama International Forum in Yokohama, Japan, on the contributions of tropical forests and ITTO to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The presentation explored the role of sustainably managed productive tropical forests and the associated trade of timber and other forest products in addressing major global challenges, including climate change, poverty and biodiversity loss. In particular, said Mr Carrillo, products harvested in sustainably managed forests are viable alternatives to many less-environmentally friendly, unsustainable materials and therefore can help in achieving several of the SDGs.

ITTO has a mandate to promote the expansion of international tropical timber trade from legal and sustainable sources. Through policy development, field projects and other work, ITTO assists countries in their efforts to achieve the SDGs.

Mr Carrillo presented examples of the contributions of sustainable tropical forest management and associated trade in forest products to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 15: Life on land. 

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