Sustainable Development Goals

Main SDG introduction

World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a historic UN conference in September 2015. The SDGs call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet, thereby recognizing that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies to build economic growth, address social needs, tackle climate change and ensure environmental sustainability.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the sustainable management of productive forests in the tropics, and a sustainable tropical timber trade, can help in meeting future wood demand and achieving the SDGs. ITTO is empowered to promote the expansion of international tropical timber trade from legal and sustainable sources. It is perfectly placed, therefore, to assist countries in their efforts towards all the SDGs, especially SDG 1 (“No poverty”), SDG 12 (“Responsible consumption and production”), SDG 13 (“Climate action”) and SDG 15 (“Life on land”). Some of the ways it is doing this are outlined below.

Select one or multiple SDGs below to see ITTO’s contributions towards achieving them.

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Sustainable forest management and the good governance of tropical forests promote peaceful, inclusive and just communities. Strong forest institutions can help provide an enabling environment that creates trust among stakeholders and ensures the rule of law.

In its policy and field work, ITTO helps:

  • Strengthen forest-related institutional capacity in both the public and private sectors.
  • Improve legal frameworks that promote sustainability in forest landscapes, good governance and trust.
  • Increase transparency in the tropical timber trade, including through the twice-monthly Tropical Timber Market Report and the Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation.
  • Promote cooperation among stakeholders involved in sustainable forest management, forest conservation, law enforcement and the trade of tropical timber and timber products.
  • Support the humanitarian needs of internally displaced people, refugees and local people through forest restoration.

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Recovering from civil war and restoring forests in Côte d’Ivoire

No poverty Zero hunger Reduced inequalities Life on land Peace, justice and strong institutions
In the wake of a civil war, Côte d’Ivoire is seeking to bring people together, including through the restoration of degraded forests. An ITTO project there helped match restoration work in the gazetted forests of Scio and Duekoue with the humanitarian needs of internally displaced people, refugees and local people. More